BUDGAM: The residents of Narbal area here in central Kashmir’s Budgam said they are living under constant threat of a fall of a decayed chinar trees on them.
“The decayed Chinar trees are a threat to commuters, school children and the residents of the area as they lie along the Srinagar Gulmarag highway,” they said.
The residents of the area while talking to Kashmir Reader said that the Chinar branches are withered so much that any gust of wind can knock them down anytime.
They added that they are living in a constant fear. “The trees branches can anytime break and can cause damage to property,” Sajid Ali a resident of Narbal said.
“The tree is hollowed out and may not stand its own load,” he said and added “and the live high tension wire going overhead compounds the problem”.
“When strong winds blow, the branches break and cause serious threat to people. It also causes hindrance to smooth power supply,” another resident Vilayat Ali said.
They added that a year ago when windstorm hit parts of valley, a branch of decayed chinar fell on a residential house resulting to damage of over Rs 50 lakh.
Meanwhile the family members had a narrow escape.
They added that similarly a man was critically injured when a vehicle he was travelling came under the falling chinar branch few years back.
“We apprised the concerned authorities about the matter many times but no action has been taken,” the aggrieved residents said.