Sopore: Road dividers in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district are not appropriately designed, and are devoid of any reflective paints and signage, causing accidents on almost daily basis. Even today, a car turned turtle after hitting a divider.
In the main town of Sopore, the road dividers built in 2015 to ease and streamline the vehicular traffic, are either smashed by the erring road users or not properly constructed. These dividers, as per the motorists, have added to the traffic jam at many places like Super Bazaar, Main Chowk, Iqbal Market and Sopore hospital.
According to the sub-district hospital of Sopore, the cases of injuries due to road accidents are increasingly reported. Late Saturday night, two persons were injured after their car met with an accident in New Colony area of Sopore. The driver had lost control and crashed it with a divider. The injured rushed to SDH Sopore where from they were referred to SKIMS Soura for specialised treatment.
Due to lack of any lighting at night on these dividers or any reflective paint, several accidents have taken place across Sopore.
“These dividers are constructed inappropriately, thereby causing accidents,” Rayees Ahmad, general secretary of Civil Society Sopore told Kashmir Reader adding that the township has small roads and these medians have made them further narrow.
He said the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Sopore during a recent meeting when asked about the “deadly” dividers said they will be painted as soon as funds are released. “A month has passed since then, but nothing has been done till this date,” Rayees added.
Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, a senior citizen said the mishaps increased during the recent snowfall. “It has become a routine to see vehicles crashing with dividers. Authorities must come up with a proper town plan and rectify these bottlenecks,” he said.
When contacted, the ADC Sopore Ashiq Hussain told Kashmir Reader that he will direct the R&B department officials on Monday to install reflectors on these dividers on emergency basis.
“Whatsoever will be necessary, will be figured it out as soon as possible,” ADC said.