Srinagar: The demolition squad of Lakes And Water Development Authority (LAWDA) has been left with crowbars and hammers as the bulldozer they have bene using in demolition shas been defunct for the last two years, sources said.
The employees said that the department has failed to repair the bulldozer or buy a new one.
“LAWDA has only one JCB (bulldozer) and one Tata-407 vehicle but they are defunct from past two years. The 407 vehicles which has expired and is still used occasionally by the squad,” a demolition squad member said.
“We approach many times to the higher ups but nothing has been done, we are fed up with the non–seriousness of our department,” the employees said.
Another member of the demolishing squad said that they have to demolish the illegal structures manually without the help of any machinery which makes their work more difficult and risky.
They added that they have also suffered considerable damage during the attacks on anti-demolition squads and drives against illegal encroachments.
“They have to use small tools like, crowbar and hammers to demolish the concrete wall and even in huge buildings. This puts their lives in danger from both the falling debris and from the agitated people who try to stop us from doing our duties,” said an employee wishing not to be named.
An official in the department wishing anonymity told Kashmir Reader: “We have send many time proposal to the government but we don’t receive any response, now at this time we will again send fresh proposal to the government, we hope we will receive good response from the authorities.”