Grid lock: Smart City can wait but traffic signals cannot!
8: Most of the traffic signals have
become defunct leading to the traffic chaos on the Srinagar roads.
at Kara Nagar, Batamaloo, Polo View, Dalgate, Gojwara, Khanyar, Rainawari,
Sanat Nagar, Nawa Kadal and Nowgam are lying defunct for the last several
weeks. Commuters are fuming as nobody from the administration is bothered to
fix the traffic signal system in the city.
“It took me two hours to reach Lal Chowk from
Hawal due to the heavy traffic jam at Gojwara Chowk. Normally the distance can
be covered in 30 minutes. Traffic signal at Gojwara Chowk is lying defunct for
the last many months which has led traffic mess”, said Shuhaib Pandith, a
Faizan Khan said that due to the dysfunctional traffic signals, vehicles cross
through no entry zones at will. “There is no one to stop people from creating
traffic mess,” he said.
Commissioner, Works, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Ishtiaq Ahmad Shah said
all traffic Signal junctions are being upgraded to Integrated Command Control
System (ICCS). “Currently signals are operating on normal mode and it will be
upgraded to the intelligent traffic signals,” he said
Shah noted that
many signals are already upgraded to intelligent traffic signals but due to the
unavailability of internet, they are not operating properly.
“We are going to
install Red Light Violation Detection System (RLVDS) and Speed Violation
Detection System (SVDS). Any person who will violate the traffics rules, his
vehicle number will automatically get traced and challan will be handed over to
him,” he said.
Shah noted that
once the situation in the valley improves, Srinagar will have the best traffic
intelligent lights signals. “In March we
will have 64 junctions fully functional with all the latest facilities,” he