Srinagar: Even as authorities are claiming to promote tourism in the state, the footpath along the tourist hub, Boulevard Road, is in a terrible condition.
While the authorities have failed to repair the walkway along the Dal Lake, the Lakes and Water Development Authority (LAWDA) has been dumping weeds extracted from lake on the footpath at many spots.
A group of shikarwala told Kashmir Reader that while the government is proposing several developmental plans including a cycling track but they have forget to repair the pavement.
While the shikarawalas and hoteliers rue the delay in repair work and face lifting on the crucial stretch, they also complain of stench from the dumped weeds. “Due to this we face lot of problem. Tourist cannot stand on the footpath which is in bad condition and they do not prefer to buy anything from here,” said Hilal Ahmad, who sells artificial jewelry along the lake.
The footpath is dug and muddy, due to which pedestrians are facing huge inconvenience. Chief Engineer Roads and Buildings Nissar Bhat told Kashmir Reader that the repair project “is in pipeline”.
“Soon we will start the work, we usually wait for summer as we cannot work in rainy season,” Bhat said.