October 10th, 2012

Mobility plans for two capital cities in offing

SRINAGAR: Minster for Transport,  Qamar Ali Akhoon said that there are a number of departments which are responsible for traffic management including Traffic Police, Transport Department, Public Works Department(R&B),Municipal Corporations of Jammu etc.
The minister said this in reply to a question raised by Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
The minister said that the State Government has engaged M/S RITES Ltd for preparation of a comprehensive Mobility Plan for the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar taking into account all aspects of mobility including pedestrians, covering long term and short term measures to overcome traffic congestion and introduction of Metro Rail in the two capital cities. He said that Electronic Traffic Signal Lights have recently been installed and made functional in many parts of the city including Canal Road and Janipur Road.
The minister said that land measuring 110 kanals at Khanpur, Nagrota has been notified to serve as a Bus Stand for Stage Carriages to mitigate traffic congestion at B.C road, Jammu. He further said that the land measuring 72 kanals at Transport Nagar, Narwal Jammu has been notified and developed by JDA as a stand for stage Carriages to be known as Inter State Bus Terminal ,Transport Nagar, Narwal Jammu. He said that Traffic Police has purchased and installed delineators, traffic cones and road dividers on various roads in two cities to enforce lane driving and discipline among the motorists.
To decrease pressure on city roads, the minister said that Traffic Police is now allowing the movement of load carriers and trucks in the cities during day time in compliance of the directions of High Court of J and K, Supreme Court of India. He said that special anti-encroachment drives are being launched by Jammu Municipal Corporation and District Police to remove the illegal encroachments on road/footpaths.
The minister said that Traffic Police has resorted both permanent and temporary regulatory measures which include diversions and restrictions, depending upon the nature and volume of traffic, in order to manage traffic on the city roads. He said that passenger vehicles are already covered by comprehensive insurance policies which also cover the passengers boarding by the bus in terms of section 146 and 147 o Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
Harsh Dev Singh, Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, Basharat Bukhari ,Mansoor Hussain, Ajaz Ahmed Jan , Ashwani Kumar , Ab. Rehman Veeri, Sajad Ahmed Kichloo, M. Y. Tarigami, Vikar Rasool, Ashok Kumar Sharma and Ch. Zulfikar in their supplementaries expressed concern over frequent traffic accidents and  demanded a comprehensive policy to avoid the same.
Akhoon also informed the Legislative Assembly that the rationed families of Kishtwar will be issued Atta instead of Wheat. The department of CAPD is not aware of shortage of water resources and consequential closure of water mills in district Kishtwar.
Replying to a question raised by G.M Saroori, the minister said that instructions have already been communicated to the Director, for further necessary steps in this regard. Since the Director has to arrange milling of the wheat from Jammu only in absence of any flour mill in the district Kishtwar, therefore, it would require some time to sort out issue of convert of wheat into Atta.

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