The rapidly increasing number of commercial establishments in the Baramulla town, many of which have no parking facility, have become the primary cause for traffic menace as a result the commuters from adjacent areas on visiting town gets no space for park their vehicles. Earlier this year district administration has identified the land for parking but no further work has been done.
Atif Rashid, College student said, The Baramulla town lacks basic facility of vehicle parking “Anybody planning to visit the market, DC office or Main chowk area has to think twice if he should his car along as there is no parking space. The problem has increased due to non-availability of proper parking space. He added we have to reach college at 10AM but we reach always late because of vehicles which are being parked on roadside leads to frequent traffic jam.
Imtiyaz Ahmad, local resident said, “The need of the hour is to establish proper parking facility in town to streamline the traffic jams. The growth of street vendors, wrong parking and parking of commercial vehicles like sumos on Tehsil road and at the Cement Bridge indicate that district administration is not serious to address the issue pertaining to common people” he added Surprisingly, the Cement Bridge which connects Baramulla uptown with the old town and is also the main link connecting Rafiabad and district Kupwara with Baramulla has been converted into Sumo Stand and parking space.
Earlier this year the district administration has identified land for establishment of parking facility at “land belonging to R&B Department, Re-location of Fire & Emergency services, Re-location of veterinary hospital to ease the problem of locals and visitors despite no further action has been taken up yet.
According to Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, G.N Itoo“I have formed a committee to take further action and to provide parking facility to the town . I have advised them to identify the land for parking which has no encroachment besides the land was identified earlier at some government offices if needed to give them space in exchange we will do that” he further added because of elections it was delayed soon the upcoming election will end the first priority will be given to parking facility.