Footpaths of tourist hub Boulevard in dire straits

Footpaths of tourist hub Boulevard in dire straits

SRINAGAR: Even as the government is investing crores of rupees on tourism publicity, the walkway along the tourist hub of Srinagar are in dire straits.
The footpath on the Boulevard road is so dilapidated even to the extent of being an eye sore.
The Roads and Buildings (R&B) department has failed to complete the work on pavements around the Boulevard giving a tough time to the commuters and tourists. The road leads to several destinations including Mughal Gardens and Tulip garden and locals said the work should have been of highest priority.
“We face lots of problem because of the footpath works which have not been completed for over a year.
On one side they has installed musical fountains in the Dal due to which there is heavy rush of locals as well as tourists, but hardly anyone can walk the footpath,” a group of vendors said.
“We used to earn our livelihood on the footpath by selling, but due to the bad condition of footpath it, we are not able to attract the customers.”
Construction material including stones, bricks, sand, cement slates can be seen lying along the footpaths. The whole stretch is bumpy and dotted with potholes.
“Many times we have approached the R &B department where either they said they will start work or said contractors have boycotted work because of pending payments,” a group of Shikaras owners said.
Chief Engineer, R&B, Sami Arif Yesvi told Kashmir Reader that that the repair work on pavements at Boulevard would be completed soon.
“We don’t have fund problem in this project, but there were many reasons due to which the work was hampered. Contractors are on strike and sometime weather is not in favorable condition, but now everything will be solved and soon this project will be complete,” he said.