DC Srinagar admits mistake, said repair work to start soon
Srinagar: Former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah took to social media to express his anguish over bad road conditions in summer capital Srinagar.
“I cannot remember the last time I saw the roads in Srinagar in such a terrible condition. The road to the airport is worse than a lot of rural roads,” Omar tweeted.
Travel on the city roads highlight how the government has neglected to maintain condition of road network in the city. On an average a traveler has to negotiate potholes and dilapidated road condition after every 300 metres.
Even the main arterial links such as road connecting old city to SKIMS Soura is in mess. Dr. Ali Jan road too is filled with potholes. The condition of roads in uptown areas of Hyderpora, Rawalpora, Chanapora, Natipora is no different.
“Few years ago, government announced that they would penalize contractors if the road condition deteriorates during three years, but in our locality the road has developed cracks within a year of macadamisation,” said Ajaz Ahmad, a resident of Soura.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Chowdhary while admitting the dilapidated conditions of the roads stated that the repair work will be started soon. “This is absolutely true and roads are indeed in bad shape since November last year.
After a detailed assessment we have provided funds to executing agencies. Tendering process is under way. Work will start immediately once temperature improves,” he said.
However a senior public works department official said strike of contractors has derailed process of road repairs and developmental activities. The joint contractor’s coordination committee on Monday observed hunger strike to protest government’s failure to release their liability of Rs 719 crore.
“Neither will we repair roads nor participate in any tendering process till payments are released,” said chairman, JCCC, Ghulam Jeelani Purza.
For last three days, contractors have even locked the offices of chief engineers in engineering complex at Rajbagh to press for their demand of immediate release of due.