Boulevard road on the bank of Dal Lake declared no halt zone for vehicles

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Amid heavy traffic flow on busy Boulevard Road on the banks of Dal Lake, the district administration has declared a stretch of the road as “no halt zone” for the smooth movement of the vehicles.

The District Administration Srinagar declared Badyari Chowk to Nehru Park segment of Boulevard Road as “No Halt Zone” for vehicles to implement the decongestion framework.

The road stretch remains busy in view of heavy rush of local and tourist vehicles carrying tourists who de-board on the road to board shikaras to the Dal Lake for staying in the houseboats or move in the hotels on the Boulevard road.

District Magistrate, Srinagar, Aijaz Asad who is also Chairman Regional Transport Authority in an order issued today said that Boulevard road as a whole is thronged by large number of locals and tourists, especially during the current season and frequent congestion is observed and traffic jam has become a norm around this road due to the unauthorized halt of vehicles which in turn create a blockage for the smooth vehicular passage.

The order further reads that “a number of vendors also gather on the said road stretch of the Badyari Chowk to Nehru Park as it is interspersed with a high density of houseboats, business establishments, hotel and restaurants on both sides, besides autos, taxis and private car owners park their vehicles on the main road that often leads to traffic congestion and inconvenience to the commuters and tourists.

The order further stated that the traffic congestion around this area has been a constant maneuverability glitch for the inhabitants along the Boulevard road in Nishat, Shalimar, Harwan and surrounding wards and villages and numerous representations have been received from the locals to mitigate this perpetual problem.

Now, therefore, in the interest of general public, Badyari Chowk to Nehru Park road segment on the Boulevard Road is, hereby, declared as “No Halt Zone” for vehicles of all types and with the directions that Traffic Police and Enforcement agencies including the District Police shall ensure that no vehicles are parked on roadside and no linear stops are allowed on mentioned segment of the Boulevard road.

As per the order, any breach of the instruction shall attract imposition of fine under the norms in vogue.

Similarly, Chief Executive Officer, Srinagar Smart City and concerned Executive Engineer of Public Works Department respectively shall ensure that signage boards are displayed at appropriate prominent places on both sides of the road to that effect.

While the owners of the local business establishments are advised to help their clients in parking the vehicles within their respective Parking of business premises and keep dedicated personnel to regulate the same.

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