Smart City Project Leaves Kashmiri Motorists Helpless

[Srinagar,J&K]Smart City Project Leaves Kashmiri Motorists Helpless
Selected under the Centre’s flagship Smart City scheme, Srinagar has public parking space for just one per cent of the Registerd vehicles So Srinagar residents have been left a helpless lot, knowing not where to park their vehicles in the city with little public parking space.
.The state’s summer capital and its biggest city, Srinagar has over over 2.43 lakh of its residents owning private vehicles besides another 58,000 commercial vehicles registered here, but the Srinagar Municipal Corporation has provided the parking space only for 2460 vehicles,
The parking space crunch has been further aggravated following shifting of the two major bus stands at Batamaloo and Lal Chowk to outskirts of the city on the high court orders.
Adjudicating a public interest litigation on transport and traffic problems in the state, the high court has ordered the traffic police to curb unauthorised roadside parking to ensure a smooth traffic.
The traffic cops, accordingly, have launched a massive drive against all kinds of violations of traffic rules across the state.
In the first three months of 2018, the city traffic cops booked 30,444 drivers for various violations. This includes 1,622 vehicles seized for unauthorised parking.
As per officials The revenue garnered from the fines for traffic rule breaches in the last three month has seen a whopping rise to Rs 58 lakh and it excludes the fines by courts on the vehicles seized in March,
20,000 more parking slots are needed for a smooth traffic.
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