To combat air pollution levels:‘Avoid congestion, ensure good traffic mgmt’
Srinagar, Nov 12:
Waking up to toxic vehicular emissions, Jammu and Kashmir administration has
directed police department to ensure good traffic management for combating
alarming air pollution levels in Srinagar.
congestion and jam density have come across as two main contributors for air
pollution load in the city.
cognizance, the administration has directed the traffic police department to
ensure good traffic management including redirection of traffic movement to
“Traffic density and carrying capacity of
roads are required to be looked into the optimal transport network with
effective movement of traffic and minimal traffic congestion with the taming
and training of commercial vehicles,” read an official document accessed by The
“The public transport drivers have no concern
for stopping at specified bus stops, and use already congested and narrow
roads. This results in emissions in large quantity. Besides this, unauthorized
parkings’ also adds on to the pollution load indirectly.”
administration directed the traffic police to ensure good traffic management
and enforcement of rules within a timeframe of six months.
J&K State Pollution Control Board, among the five air quality monitoring
stations in Srinagar, the air quality near SKIMS Soura had been recorded 72.69
micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5 as opposed to the average permissible
limit of 40 ug/m3.
While as the air
quality stations recorded 72.97 ug/m3 at Jehangir Chowk, 69.58 ug/m3 at
Boulevard near Dalgate, while 67.24 ug/m3, and 53.59 ug/m3 at Hyderpora and
Around 5,000 new
private vehicles hit the roads in Kashmir every month. The new union territory
has around 14 lakh vehicles with 6.5 lakh in the valley alone.
Srinagar Tahir Geelani did not respond to repeated calls.