Dear Editor, The traffic system of our city is deteriorating with each passing day with no signs of improvement. Huge traffic jams can be witnessed almost everywhere in the city thereby putting the daily commuters to extreme inconvenience. The traffic scenario becomes even more messy during the peak hours of the day and it seems like that the ‘city of temples’ has turned into the ‘city of jams’. Getting stuck in traffic snarls for hours together has become the daily routine for all the commuters these days. It is also in place to mention here that the matador drivers are posing a great threat when it comes to driving habits which is indeed a very disturbing phenomenon. Matador operators are not adhering the traffic protocols as most of time these drivers can be seen indulging in rash driving thereby creating so much chaos and commotion. It has also been highly observed that the traffic personnel behave like mute spectators while watching the rash driving of matadors operators very feebly. Rather than becoming mute spectators it is the bound duty of the traffic authorities to give deterrent punishment to those who indulge in rash driving. There are no fixed halting points for these matadors and they stop their vehicles as per their own will discretion which in turn further aggravates the traffic scenario. Narrow roads, illegal encroachment by the shop vendors, wrong parking habits, least adherence to the driving protocol etc all contribute towards the traffic congestion problem in our city. It is high time now that the government must take some firm initiatives like widening of roads, removing illegal encroachments along the road side, construction of more flyovers and arrangement of parking spaces for private vehicles etc so that the chaotic traffic system in our city gets streamlined. Traffic authorities will also have to play a vital role in this perspective. The traffic personnel needs to ensure that the Traffic defaulters be death with sternly. As a responsible citizen of this society we all have to cooperate with the traffic authorities and must strictly adhere to the traffic rules so that the traffic system in our city becomes organized and well structured. Vivek Koul, Gole Gujral , Jammu.
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