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Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover construction: Authorities devise traffic diversion plan.

According to the diversion plan, no traffic shall be allowed to ply from Jehangir Chowk upto Naaz crossing and vice versa till the completion of the work.

The traffic route plan which shall be enforced from 2nd November, passenger vehicles (PSVs) coming from Rawalpora-Sanatnagar and Hyderpora shall take left turn at Barzullah Bridge towards Old Barzullah-Bailey Bridge-Alochibagh- Cargo crossing stretch-Bakshi Stadium crossing upto Naaz Crossing-L.D Crossing and back via New Flyover or Tulsibagh. Only one-way traffic from Alochibagh upto Magarmal Crossing will be allowed.

Private vehicles, LMVs coming from Baghat, Sanatnagar and surrounding area can use the same route via from Allochibagh, Cargo crossing, Magarmalbagh crossing or Reck-Chowk towards Jehangir-Chowk and Batmaloo respectively.

PSVs including Sumos, Taveras and TATA-407 coming from Channapora-Natipora-Nowgam shall adopt Rambagh Bridge Solina-Tulsibagh-Stadium crossing-Naaz crossing-L.D Crossing and back.

LMVs coming from Hyderpora and surrounding areas shall adopt Tangpora-Batamaloo route and vehicles coming from Nowgam, Natipora-Channapora shall take right turn at Rambagh Bridge towards Bund-Amar Singh College-Jawharnagar-Rajbagh-Radio Kashmir.

Channapora-Natipora-Nowgam bound vehicles shall adopt Radio Kashmir-Rajbagh-Jawharnagar-Jawharnagar bund route or use New Flyover.

Vehicles moving towards Hyderpora are requested to adopt Batmaloo-Tengpora road. Maharaja Bazaar road will be open for one way traffic and vehicles from Amira Kadal and surrounding areas can use this road to reach Natipora, Baghat and surrounding areas via New Flyover, Tulsibagh.

The divisional commissioner directed SMC officers to immediately remove all vendors from Hari High Street to LD crossing and shift them to Vending zone opposite old Khalsa school which is already designated for the street vendors besides deploy adequate number of Khilaf Warzi officers around the area.He also directed Traffic police to ensure that no vehicle should be allowed to park from Hari High Street to LD crossing. SMC authorities were asked to erect signage boards so that people do not face any kind of difficulty.

Khan stressed upon all concerned officers and engineers to work in coordination, added zeal and in synergy so that the bottlenecks, if any other, in the project are removed immediately and construction work of the Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover is completed soon.

However, commuters said the diversion plan will add to traffic mess in the summer capital.  Frequent traffic jams in the summer capital are taking a heavy toll on the commuters in absence of traffic regulation. “Closure of this vital road will add to traffic mess in Srinagar,” said Abid Ahmad, a commuter.  SSP Traffic, Al Tahir Geelani, admitted that closure of this vital stretch for vehicular movement will adversely affect traffic regulation in city. “I have sought cooperation from other government agencies and also appealed people to cooperate in smooth regulation of traffic during this period,” the SSP added.

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