Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today sought cooperation of people of the state to cope with increased road traffic and called upon students to voluntarily help implement odd-even scheme, similar to the one in Delhi.
"Till the time all the departments come together and people do not cooperate, there will be no solution to traffic woes. We will try to remove bottlenecks, start bus services and other facilities, but I seek cooperation of the people in this," Mehbooba told reporters here.
The Chief Minister was speaking to the media after chairing a high-level meeting on traffic problems.
Mehbooba called upon the students of various colleges and universities to set an example by implementing odd-even scheme.
"You see many vehicles are parked outside a college, students come in cars to colleges, similarly in universities and they occupy a lot of space.
"I think that if they take this initiative, others will follow. It will be an example for the whole world that our students have voluntarily started something," she said.
The chief minister said if the students succeed, then peoples' mindset would automatically change.
"So, I am looking forward to cooperation from our young boys and girls to show us the way by adopting odd-even," she said.
Mehbooba said she has asked officials to free up space in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and make it a model for other areas to follow.
"I told the officials to free up space in and around Lal Chowk. I told them to ask the traders and common people to park their vehicles only at designated parking spaces by giving them weekly or monthly packages so that no one parks their vehicle on the road.
"We want to turn Lal Chowk into a model and I request traders and shopkeepers to help us in doing that, because if they do not, then we will not be able to do anything," she said.
The Chief Minister also said vendors who have occupied footpaths in various areas of the city would be vacated and a suitable place allocated to them.
"I want some space to be allocated to vendors. I told the officials to register them through their Aadhar cards, so that they are given separate spaces and footpaths are vacated," she said.
She also asked the people of the state to see the situation in Muslim countries around the world which have been affected by violence, and compared them with India where different people live together in peace.
"See the whole world, especially the Muslim countries, Iraq, Syria, Libya or Egypt or even our neighbour Pakistan where only the people of one religion live, but where have they reached. Today, you see that the maximum destruction
caused by the gun is in Muslim countries," she said.
"India is such a big country where democracy thrives, where different people live together. This extraordinary Ganga-Jamuni civilization was what (her father and former chief minister) Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) saw in Aligarh during his student days. And when he returned, he held only one flag in his hand and did not change his stance because he was satisfied. Today, you have got the evidence of his satisfaction," she said.
Later, Mehbooba travelled on the inaugural service of the new DEMU train from Anantnag to Baramulla and took the return service from Baramulla to Srinagar.
She said the service would benefit the people, especially government employees and students, and also demanded that special trains be started during peak tourist season.
"We will now try to increase the frequency of the train services, so that the traffic pressure on the roads is lessened," she said.
Updated Date: May 07, 2016 17:48 PM