Road macadamisation leaves flyers stranded in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Traffic congestion on Srinagar airport road, owing to macadamisation work, is affecting the movement of passengers towards the airport with many flyers missing their flights.
The roads and buildings (R&B) department has closed one of the two tubes of the road for macadamisation work, affecting the traffic movement.
What added to the mess was the absence of cops on the road to manage traffic on this vital stretch.
On Saturday as many passengers reached late to the airport due to the traffic jam, the airliners refused to issue them boarding passes.
Also, a huge traffic hold up on the airport drop gate worsened the situation, which forced passengers to walk on foot to reach the airport.
A duo carrying dead-body of a woman said that they left for the airport on time but were caught in the traffic congestion.
“It was not our fault. I requested the airline staff to allow us but couldn’t get a green signal,” husband of the deceased woman said.
The body was flown to its destination Indore but nobody was allowed to accompany it. An airline official said they requested the pilot of the flight to consider boarding the man on “humanitarian grounds” but in vain.
“The pilot turned down our request. We have informed the Indore airport authorities about the body and they will take care of it themselves,” said the official.
Officials said that had traffic police department put its men on the job to manage the traffic, such incidents would not have happened.
They said that the department was duly informed beforehand but to no avail.
Chief engineer R&B, Satish Razdan acknowledged that traffic management on the stretch was causing inconvenience to the public.
“The work couldn’t be taken up in night because of dip in night temperature,” he said.
“We have asked the traffic police to manage the traffic,” he said.