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Concerned over traffic jams, CM keeps officials guessing about her route
5/17/2016 11:25:39 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report

Srinagar, May 17: Ever since she took over the Chief Minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti has been keeping the administration on toes by keeping officials guessing about the route she is going to take on a particular day, which has become a cause of concern for the security agencies. On Tuesday when the security forces were kept ready on the Moulana Azad Road in Srinagar for the security of the Chief Minister's cavalcade and traffic personnel were busy in manning the traffic movement, Mehbooba changed the route and her cavalcade passed through the Residency Road. Sources said Mehbbooa took the alternative route to check the traffic movement of Residency Road which often remains jammed.
"We were busy to ensure clear passage as the Chief Minister had to go through the MA Road leading to the Civil Secretariat, But we were surprised when she changed her route and went through Residency Road," a senior police official said. "We get prior information regarding VIP movement, but Mehbooba keeps us in dilemma. We don't know from which route she would pass on a particular day," the police official said.
Sources said, by these steps, the Chief Minister wants to ensure that police officials are not only busy for manning the traffic movement for the VIPs but for the general public as all. "Nobody knows from which route the Chief Minister would pass," a police official, who is part of CM's security said. "She keeps officials on their toes to make sure that duties entrusted to them are performed diligently," the official said. Earlier on the first day of the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar, the Chief Minister surprised everyone when she used longer route of Rajbagh to reach the Civil Secretariat instead of Moulana Azad Road. However, the Congress had claimed then she changed the route as they staged a sit-in in the middle of the road forcing her to change the route. Mehbooba Mufti has shown deep concern over the frequent traffic jams in Srinagar. Seeking cooperation and suggestions from all stakeholders and civil society, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti in a meeting described traffic management as a huge challenge, especially in view of long-term transport system that is being executed in the capital cities and major towns.She said while the administration will have to find quick solution to the traffic congestion and mobility problem on urban and rural routes, it is for the civil society, especially youth, to show the way by their own conduct on roads. "The student community and trader organizations could lead by voluntarily taking to new concepts of traffic decongestion like odd-even plan and car pooling," she had said, while chairing a high-level meeting to find workable solution which incorporates better traffic management into people's daily commute.
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