May 2016 News

Mehbooba Asks Students To Help Implement 'odd-even' In J&K

6 May 2016

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday 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. Call for cooperation: '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,' Ms Mehbooba told reporters here. The Chief Minister was speaking to the media after chairing a high-level meeting on traffic problems. Ms 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. 'Set an example': '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. Facelift for Lal Chowk: Ms 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.