Mandir Bagh bund cracks risk life, property
Residents worried, shoot SOS
Srinagar, May 10: The inhabitants of Mandir Bagh Gaw Kadal are living in constant fear due to developing of huge cracks on the parapet wall and the bund road connecting Barbarshah with Gaw Kadal.
“The road on the banks of Chunti Kul has developed big cracks at several places and has lost uniformity all along,” the people residing on the bund told Greater Kashmir adding the road stretch near some houses has also started to develop fissures, risking life and property of the people.
According to the residents, the road was macadamized by the authorities few years ago.
“Following macadamization and using of road roller, the bund started developing small cracks, which got bigger with time due to vehicular movement as it’s a short cut to reach Gaw Kadal,” the residents said, adding the deterioration was more from Barbarshah side of the bund.
“The road shouldn’t have been macadamized as the soil beneath remains wet due to the presence of water,” the residents said while describing the development as “unwarranted.”
They said the condition of parapet constructed on the boundary of road stretch was worsening.
“At some places, the large stretches of parapet has caved in while at other, the wall has also developed huge fissures and is about to break,” they said, adding the parapet has even slanted at some places.
The inhabitants urged the senior functionaries in the administration to depute a team immediately to asses the situation before something untoward happens.
“With fissures on the bund getting bigger everyday, the threat about the caving in of the road stretch gets eminent,” they said, adding the administration should take measures to check the increasing fissures on the road.
Meanwhile, the residents have also expressed serious concern over the Government’s failure to restore the pristine glory of Chunti Kul. “After dismantling the illegal structures on the canal banks and dredging the unwanted weed, the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has failed to do anything substantial to regain its pristine glory,” the residents complained and alleged that the canal bank had been turned into dumping ground for waste and other material.
They said the dredged material kept on the canal banks wasn’t removed by the concerned department.
“Despite repeated pleas, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation has failed to install the dustbins in the locality,” the inhabitants added. According to them, the drains in the area, just a stone’s throw distance from the City centre, are also uncovered. “Foul smell emanates from these drains during summers,” the residents said.
They also complained of growing dog menace in the area. “Few weeks ago, a kid was attacked and wounded by dogs while he was going for tuitions,” the residents said adding the elders who venture out of homes for offering morning Salah at Masjids were also facing problems.
The residents have also complained of receiving scarce water supply during summers. “With the onset of summer, the water supply gets affected causing immense hardships to the families,” they said.
The inhabitants accused the concerned MLA of being indifferent towards the area. “The MLA hasn’t visited the interiors of the area and has failed to redress the grievances of people,” the residents alleged.
They appealed the Divisional Commissioner Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon to look into the matter on priority basis.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 10 May 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 10 May 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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