Traders castigate govt over ‘bad roads, poor drainage’

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF) on Thursday lambasted the government over poor infrastructure of the city, particularly the dilapidated roads and poor drainage system resulting in inundation of main markets even after a brief spell of rains.
“Our government and city administration is least bothered about maintaining the proper drainage system or improving the road condition of the city,” president KTMF, Mohammad Yasin Khan said in a statement.
“Just few hours of rain is enough for waterlogging of whole city, particularly the main markets. Be it Residency Road, Jehanghir Chowk, Rajbagh, Bemina or old city it not only affects the business in the markets but also causes lot of inconvenience to the general public as well.”
Khan said the city administration and other government departments responsible for the maintenance of the surface and clearing of other dewatering channels and passageways fail to do their work, which results in inundation of the city.
Most of the roads and other pathways in most parts of the city, particularly in business hub Lal Chowk were full of water making it tough for the people to move around or carry their businesses, khan said.
KTMF also raised its concern over the poor roads of the city.
“Pothole epidemic prevailing across the city is the direct result of years of underinvestment in our roads by the government. But now the situation has reached to the level of frustration,” Khan said, demanding quick action from the government.