Dear Editor,In J&K, administration issue orders, makes fake promises with people and then forgets to implement it. The orders and rules remains confined to papers only and with the passage of time it fades away. An order was issued in 2009, directing drives and conductors of commercial vehicles like matadors and buses, to wear Khaki colour shirts and trousers for easy identification. But even after 12 years, the district administration has failed to implement on ground level its order asking drivers and conductors of commercial vehicles to wear a proper uniform. The traffic police has failed to punish erring mini-bus drivers, who can be observed breaking rules with impunity. There is total chaos on city roads. Even the basic rules have not been enforced by the ‘Men in Blue’. The failure of the ‘uniform’ policy is due to the nexus running between traffic personnel and drivers, as many police officials allegedly receive fee or Hafta at several points from them. It is really sad that the administration is overlooking the manner in which seats are altered by mini-bus owners to allow overloading of passengers. The approved seating capacity of a Tata 407 mini-bus is 17 and that of Swaraj Mazda is 21. But over 90 per cent mini buses do not adhere to the rules and indulge in overloading and no one stops or fine such erring mini-bus operators. Most passenger vehicles plying on Roop Nagar, Durga Nagar, Rajinder Nagar, Bari Brahmana, Channi Himmat, Sainik Colony, Preet Nagar, Sidhra routes have altered seats, posing a threat to the lives of passengers. I believe instead of formulating big plans, and making tall claims, the administration should first implement simple rules on ground level. The problem of traffic violations will be addressed automatically.I am a college student and I have never seen a mini-bus operator wearing uniform or following traffic rules and what’s shocking is that all this is happening right in front of the cops. It is unfortunate that here, in Jammu and Kashmir rules and orders are only issued and then are dumped in files. We always fails in implementation, which is the reason why here nothing changes and situation remains same. Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request the UT administration to focus on implementation rather than formulating new rules and laws.Kshitiza Sharma,Sainik Colony.
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