Srinagar: In a significant development, many bunkers were removed from various parts of Srinagar ahead of the visit of European Union delegation, apparently to put up for exhibition a ‘normal’ face of the city otherwise dotted with a large number of forces’ installations.
Quoting an unnamed senior official, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reported that the bunkers were removed to “ease out the traffic” in Srinagar areas including the main Moulana Azad Road and Rajbagh.
“We decided to remove some makeshift bunkers that were erected for frisking and other security-related issues,” the official said.
At least five bunkers were removed from Srinagar areas of which two were lifted from the heart of the city — Lal Chowk. A local said that a bunker was lifted from MA Road and also at Rajbagh area.
Of late, Srinagar city has been witnessing gridlocks forcing the traffic cops to work hard to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in the city.
Installation of government forces’ bunkers and checkpoints has made the situation only worse. The commuters have been complaining of frequent traffic jams within city especially Lal Chowk and other areas. (KNO)