By Saqib Magloo
SRINAGAR: ‘Shame on PWD’, ‘Shame on R&B’, this is what the placards displayed at the Sheri Bhat area of Srinagar city reads. The residents have come up with the unique idea to protest authorities’ inaction towards depilated conditions of the roads in the area.
“All our applications and requests have fallen deaf on ears of the authorities as Alamgari Bazar to Mill stop stretch still waits to be black topped,” a local Javed Ahmed told Kashmir Reader.
“We have been suffering from the past two months, after the R&B laid crushed stones. The dust from stretch is not only hampering business establishments but also the residents in the area. Almost everyone here suffers from throat infections,” he said.
The locals claim that they were forced to take up the work in their own hands but failed due to the huge length of the stretch.
“When the authorities ignored us, we thought of repairing the road on our own and even used to water the stretch on regular basis. But failed owing to the length of the stretch,” a local Shabir Ahmad said.
Authorities, however, claimed that the work is in progress and will be repaired soon.
“The road will be repaired permanently. We do not want to waste exchequers money in temporarily repair work. And hence it is taking the time,” Chief Engineer R&B Satish Razdan told Kashmir Reader.