Srinagar: The tree guards that are used to secure plantations along roads have come handy for police station Safa Kadal. They secure their station by uprooting these iron frames and placing them across the road to create a barricade.
The tree guards installed by the Roads and Building Department (R&B) along the Nalla-Mar road have been uprooted at several places, and lie along and across the road next to the Safa Kadal police station.
“For the past five months these guards have been serving to secure a makeshift parking lot for police vehicles. They have blocked most of the road,” said a shopkeeper in the area.
“Earlier, when the road was clear, commuters used to take this as an alternative road during a traffic jam. But now people hesitate to bring their vehicles on this road,” said a group of locals.
Many of the tree guards installed in Srinagar and elsewhere had also removed by protesters during last year’s uprising.
“During the (2016) uprising, protesters pulled out these tree guards and placed them in zigzag positions on roads,” Abdul Majeed, a resident of Safa Kadal area, said.
Superintendent of Police North City, Sajad Shah, told Kashmir Reader that the tree guards mostly belong to the forest department. On being told that the guards belong to the R&B department, he said that the police station should remove them from the road. He said he was not aware of it and he would look into the matter.
As per official data, the highest number of damaged tree guards is at Ali Jan Road, where 187 guards were damaged and 219 are missing.
In Batamaloo and Tengpora area, 66 tree guards are damaged and 16 are still missing. On the Chanpora Bund, 58 guards are damaged and 15 are missing. At Ahmad Nagar, 18 are damaged and 25 missing. At Soura, 11 are damaged and 25 missing.
Executive Engineer, Landscape Division R&B, Mohammad Yousuf Trumboo told Kashmir Reader, “I have recently joined the department. I will look into the matter and contact the officers concerned.”