Seize passenger vehicles violating route permits: HC to government


The High Court has directed the government to seize the passenger vehicles which will be found violating route permits.
A division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta directed the transport authorities as well as traffic magistrates to ensure that the vehicles entering into forbidden areas are seized and fined suitably to the permissible extent. 
The court also directed the assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Srinagar who was present to provide the list of the Sumos, Taxies and cabs with full details of route permits to the SSP Traffic, Srinagar and SSP Rural within one week.
“The Traffic authorities shall ensure that the sumos/ taxis/ cabs are not allowed to ply beyond the point of permission,” court said, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking decongestion of roads.   
The court sought a status report about the colour coding of the vehicles after the ARTO Srinagar informed it that they contemplate colour coding of the vehicles so that vehicles violating the rout permit are identified easily.  
With regard to installation of Intelligent Traffic Management System, the SMC informed the court that Delhi based agency- DIMTS- has completed the survey of proposed junctions and design of new junctions where Intelligent Traffic Signal Lights are proposed to be installed. 
The court was also informed that the concerned contractor had requested for NOC from R&B Department and on receipt of the NOC the contractor has been requested to mobilize all his resources and start physical ground work within seven days. 
Seeking his status report by the 27 December, the court directed commissioner SMC to ensure that the work is undertaken by the contractor without any further delay and the Intelligent Traffic Signal Lights are actually in sight at the proposed junctions. 
With regard to identifying the areas and spots where the signage are required to be fixed, the court was informed that SSP, Traffic, Srinagar  has approved only two  –No Parking Zone” and “No Horn Zone” out of the six finalized traffic signages  and 39 spots for installation of “No Horn Zones” have also been identified. 
While the SMC said the process of fixing the signages will continue in coordination with concerned authorities, the court sought a status report by the next date of hearing. 
“The authorities required to assist the SMC for such installation, shall ensure a hassle free and time bound installation of such signages. The next status report shall reflect explicitly the cooperation rendered by the assisting agencies in this behalf,” court said.  
On the issue of parking policy, the court was informed that a plan was devised to create a parallel road parking slots alongside the main roads in the Srinagar city and nearly 1726 parking spaces have been identified for such purpose.
Besides such parallel road parking, the court was informed about a road side parking as also on-street parking and was told that trial in that direction is stated to be undertaken very soon.
“The authorities responsible for managing the parking affairs of the vehicles are expected to resort to the measures those would not add to the traffic woes but would lessen it to see that the object of the instant PIL is achieved”. Court said.  
Pointing out that the next status report shall reflect in detail as to how effective the proposed trial has proved to be, the court said: This exercise, however, shall strictly be undertaken on trial basis for a period of two weeks initially and its continuation shall depend on the response of the SSP, Traffic, Srinagar”.
 In case, the court said, the proposal gets the nod of the SSP, Traffic, Srinagar, the matter be brought to the notice of it for further directions. 
 Meanwhile the court directed Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to ensure implementation of the project report of the road widening at Qamarwari and other areas, in an around the Srinagar city.
“He shall ensure that the road widening project in the city of Srinagar already approved is completed within a period of three months hereon and report compliance,” court added.  
 The court also directed the Div Com to ensure that further road widening required is taken up in consultation with the Chief Engineer, Roads & Building, Kashmir, Commissioner SMC, Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, SSP Traffic, city Srinagar and all other allied agencies. 
“In consultation and on consensus, the project report, so prepared, shall be shared with the Court on the next date of hearing so that the directions are issued accordingly for its implementation”. 

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