Traders begin indefinite strike, hold dharna
Srinagar: Hundreds of traders Wednesday started an indefinite strike against inordinate delay by R&B Department in reconstructing the road between Natipora and Nowgam.
The reconstruction has been pending since 2015 when the Urban Environmental Engineering Department started drainage construction in the area. Residents of Natipora said that the road was macadamized two years ago without laying a solid foundation, and as a result the road caved at several places. It has become a headache for traders and residents alike, as it is full of potholes from the drainage constructed two years back.
Traders from Natipora, Budshah Nagar, Nayek Bagh and Nowgam observed a complete shutdown to attract the attention of government towards the dilapidated roads.
They organized a dharna on the main road, following a call by an amalgam of trade bodies and a local committee, which has decided to continue the strike till the department begins the construction.
Right from Natipora crossing all the way to Nowgam byepass, the dilapidated road is a nightmare for commuters. School children, complained a resident of Natipora, refuse to go to school because of the uncomfortable bus rides.
“It is ironical that Roads and Buildings Department has failed to take measures to even fill up potholes to prevent accidents on the busy stretch,” President Traders Association Nowgam, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, told Kashmir Reader.
He said the problem was compounded by blocked drains. “Even with slight rain, a vast stretch of road gets water-logged. We have been forced to take to roads,” the president said.