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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM (IST)

Students suggest solutions to traffic mess

day 1 of ku spring fest
Students suggest solutions to traffic mess
A student participates in a painting contest during the ‘Sounth 2017’ festival at the University of Kashmir on Monday. Tribune photo

Rifat Mohidin

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 20

Fed up of the routine chaos on the roads of Srinagar, the students on the first day of spring festival at the University of Kashmir (KU) discussed the innovative ways and means to come out of the traffic mess.

Calling it a collective responsibility to work towards improving traffic in city, the students said it was high time for people to strive for a change.

“Traffic mess and dilapidated roads take a toll on our efficiency of doing work. But we can bring a change by realising our collective responsibility,” said one of the students who took part in elocution in which 200 students from different degree colleges and universities of the Valley participated.

The students provided short-term solutions to the government which can help in reducing the congestion on roads like introduction of water transport and removing encroachments from the city.

“We should act in a civilised manner and avoid parking our cars on roads. The encroachments from the footpaths should be removed. We should promote the culture of road discipline individually,” said Mehak, a law student from the Central University of Kashmir (CUK).

With the traffic scenario in Srinagar becoming a pain in the neck for all commuters, the students said the government should introduce the odd-even system till permanent measures are taken.

“A student is not able to come to college on time. A patient dies on the way due to ambulance getting stuck in traffic jams. No one bothers to make the ambulance pass, there are no emergency alternatives,” argued Imtiyaz Ahmad, a student from the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST).

“Look at the mismanagement on roads, is this the government’s smart city plan? The flyovers take years to build. There are no emergency diversions. The street lights are defunct. The traffic lights are not working and traffic rules are not being obeyed,” said Idrees Ahmad, a student from Government Degree College, Pulwama, who said collective responsibility should be taken to come out of the mess. The elocution on the first day of ‘Sounth 2017’ was a part of the three-day festival that commenced today at Gandhi Bhawan, University of Kashmir. “Around 200 students from different colleges and universities participated in elocution and painting events today. The winners will be announced on March 23 who will be awarded cash prizes worth Rs 30,000,” said Shahid Khan, an organiser of the event.

A brush with colours of spring

To show the colours and hopes for the spring in their own way, the students on Monday painted the almond blossoms of Badamwari, the sunset of the Dal Lake and the chinars of Naseem Bagh at the 'Sounth' festival that started at the University of Kashmir. "The topic has been rightly chosen as everything is in front of our eyes - the mountains and the flowers. This shows peace and harmony for us which was missing last year," said a final year student who took part in the painting completion on the topic 'spring' for which the winners will be declared on March 23. — TNS


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