Srinagar, June 23, KNT: Kashmir Valley is moving backwards after the abrogation of special status in August last year. There is no development at all. The roads all across Kashmir Valley is yearning for the black topping. The dilapidated roads in the length and breadth of Kashmir Valley including Srinagar city presents a tale of sorrow and backwardness.
A senior Roads and Buildings Department official told news agency KNT that since 2019 no attention was paid towards the damaged roads. “You know there was lockdown after the annulment of special status and later we faced problems due to Covid-19 pandemic. It is an open fact, that all across Kashmir particularly in Srinagar city, roads are in dilapidated condition and these roads badly need black topping,” he said.
“Roads in Kashmir continue to be in dilapidated conditions with authorities failing to undertake repairing, blacktopping roadways in the Valley, official informed.
Besides main roads, there are hundreds of kilometers of road links which are in bad shape and need macadamization and repairing on priority basis. Since August last year there has been no work on the blacktopping of roads in Kashmir while work in Jammu is going on as per schedule.
“Leave aside roads in Srinagar localities, even the roads in the heart of city centre are in bad shape. Some Auto rickshaw drivers refuse to ferry passengers in some areas, due to dilapidated roads,” a shopkeeper at Polo View Srinagar said.
“Tall claims were made about development in Kashmir but those claims are proving hollow. Attention is being paid towards those issues that concern Government. Public issues are altogether being overlooked,” Abdul Rehman, a local from Mehjoor Nagar told news agency KNT adding that bund road right from Ram Bagh to Padshahi Bagh is completely in shambles.
“Its annoying to driver through interiors of Jawahar Nagar, Raj Bagh, Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora, Barbar Shah, Sonwar, Batamaloo, Qamarwari and other areas.
He said roads in rural areas are of course in mess, but the situation in Srinagar is even worse. The roads in the capital city are in shabby condition, and travelling is proving to be back breaking experience in the city. “Thank God, no tourist are present here, otherwise, government would have felt more embarrassment.”
Rangreth-Sanat Nagar road, Hawal-Buchpora road, road links in old city, Malabagh road, Babademb road, Ram-Mehjoor Nagar road are completely damaged and need macadamization.
Chief Engineer R&B, Sami Arif told KNT that they have started patch-work on damaged roads. “We are finalizing macadamization plan and if act the work is in progress. We have started macadamization process from Nishat and in fact all the damaged roads will be black topped in coming days,” he said. (KNT)