Ganderbal: Residents of Ganderbal accused R&B department of ill conceiving the new Duderhama to Beehama chowk road project which they say has added traffic woes in the area besides traders registering a slump in trade activities.
“The construction of road link according to authorities was conceived with an aim to bring down traffic jams, but it proved otherwise,” locals said “now commuters have to travel some additional kilometres to reach Beehama.”
Locals said that the ‘road was opened up for traffic a month ago; however it is too narrow to accommodate the huge rush of vehicles’.
President district trader’s federation, Ghulam Hassan Parra, said that Beehama market witnessed decline of 25% in sales.
Parra said that they have raised the issue with DDC Ganderbal as well. “He assured of easing out movement of traffic by encroachment removal along the stretch however it didn’t happen and the link road is still open.”
“Since 2007 we have been raising the issue of clearing encroachments and widening of the roads, but till date the authoritiesare unmoved,” he added.
Taking a dig at the design of the road, traders said that ten feet road will no way cater to the smooth traffic movement of trucks, school buses, taxis, local buses, etc.
The Armpora residents said with the opening of road, their houses shake with the movement of heavy vehicles on it.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Deputy commissioner Ganderbal Dr Piyush Singla said that traffic on the road is plying on the trial basis and is in the interest of larger public.
“We will talk to traders as well and will see the positive and negative effects of our decision,” he added.