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Posted at: Jun 24, 2019, 6:55 AM; last updated: Jun 24, 2019, 6:55 AM (IST)

City network incapable of coping with growing traffic

City network incapable of coping with growing traffic
An official report states that the existing transport network is characterised by “inefficient pattern, inadequate widths, missing links, bottlenecks and flawed design of intersection curves”. File photo

Azhar Qadri
Tribune News Service
Srinagar, June 23

With Srinagar registering a phenomenal increase in vehicular population, an official document has described the city’s existing transport network as inefficient, inadequate and flawed.

The Master Plan 2035, a guiding document for Srinagar’s development designed by the state administration’s Town Planning Organisation Kashmir, has made a critical assessment of the city’s road and traffic infrastructure.

The document is the most telling assessment of the failure of the state’s past governments in streamlining the transport network in Kashmir valley’s main city, which is also the region’s commercial nerve centre.

“Traffic congestion is already severe on many city roads and the gridlock plaguing Srinagar has reached the tripping point, with the region spending millions of manhours in traffic congestion each year,” the Master Plan 2035, which was approved earlier this year, reads.

It said Srinagar had an annual population growth rate of 2 per cent, while the vehicular traffic had registered a “phenomenal increase” and is growing at more than 7 per cent per annum.

“Due to this rapid growth of vehicles vis-à-vis marginal increase in road infrastructure, the problems related to transportation have grown manifold,” it said.

It has warned that vehicular pollution in Srinagar is assuming “critical dimensions and parking problems are aggravating”. The report said the two “comprehensive traffic and transportation plans” prepared for Srinagar city in 1992 and 2012 were failed by the administration as “not a single step has been taken so far”.

The report warned that the existing transport network is characterised by “inefficient pattern, inadequate widths, missing links, bottlenecks and flawed design of intersection curves”.

It said the city’s road network is cramped “because of missing links, incomplete rings, inefficient radials and bottlenecks”.

The Master Plan proposed a “three-tier” transport network — Inner Ring Road, Intermediate Ring Road and Outer Ring Road — to restructure the existing radial pattern into a sustainable ring-radial network and said there was a “dire need” to identify additional and alternative links and access corridors to augment the current network.

7% rise in vehicular movement in Srinagar

  • The Master Plan 2035, a guiding document for Srinagar’s development designed by the Town Planning Organisation, Kashmir, has made a critical assessment of the city’s road and traffic infrastructure
  • It said Srinagar had an annual population growth rate of 2%, while the vehicular traffic had registered a “phenomenal increase” and is growing at more than 7% per annum
  • It has warned that vehicular pollution in Srinagar is assuming “critical dimensions and parking problems are aggravating”

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