SRINAGAR, July 11: In order to review traffic arrangements for the ensuing festivals in the next week, a meeting of police officers was held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here today. Director General of Police in chair, the meeting discussed the arrangements put in place by the traffic police for ensuring smooth traffic regulation in the valley.
Mr. Rajendra, addressing the meeting said that in view of the major festivals falling in the next week including Shab-i-Qadr, Jumat-ul Vida and Idul Fitr there would be huge movement of traffic in the cities, towns and other parts of the valley. It is imperative to formulate a mechanism and ensure smooth traffic regulation on these festivals so that people could perform their religious and other festive activities without any inconvenience, said Mr. Rajendra.
Mr. Rajendra asked to chalk out a deployment plan for congregational places where huge religious gatherings are held on these occasions. He said that route plans should be formulated and publicised for information of general public. Parking slots should also be identified to ensure hassle free festive activities.
DGP, reviewing the progress of special drive initiated by the traffic police against violations, appreciated the efforts to bring improvements in the traffic management. He said that the drive should continue in the cities and rural areas also to check the traffic violations and correct the errant road users. He said that a sense of safety has been prevailed among the road users highlighting the hazardous consequences of violations including over speeding and overloading.
The meeting was told that since the special drive started on 3rd July, 15,312 vehicles were challaned, while as 805 vehicles including 697 bikes seized under visible offences like drive without crash helmets, double pillon riding, use of mobile phone while driving and non wearing of seat belts. The meeting was also informed that traffic department in a novel initiative has requested Director Health Services to provide information about ambulances carrying critical patients on different routes so that their smooth movement is facilitated. Cooperation from general public and other road users has also been sought in this regard.
Among others, the meeting was attended by IGP Traffic (J&K), Mr. JP Singh, DIG (Traffic Kashmir), Mr. Alok Kumar, SSP Traffic Rural, SK Mishra, SSP (Traffic City),Mr. Maqsood-ul-Zaman and other police officers.