Authorities nowhere, Residency Road shopkeepers again pool money for footpath repairs

SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI

Srinagar, Mar 20: With authorities failing to undertake repairs of footpath in City’s plush commercial hub, the Residency Road, area shopkeepers have again pooled money to set the walkway right.
 Miffed at the alleged government apathy, the Residency Road Shopkeepers Association (RRSA) has started repairs of the footpath ahead of spring when business picks up after a harsh Himalayan winter.
 The shopkeepers said they many times approached the government top brass including MLA Amira Kadal seeking repairs of the footpath at the busy marketplace.
 “We would like to bring to your kind attention towards dilapidated condition of the sidewalk (footpath) in front of the shops of the government building on the prestigious Residency Road. The sidewalk is in urgent need of repairs since it has been more than eight years when the relaying of the tiles was undertaken,” reads a copy of letter shot by the RRSA to the higher-ups.
 “Despite submission of many letters and representations, the local legislator and concerned departments failed to get the footpath repaired… We are left with no options but to undertake repairs ourselves,” the aggrieved shopkeepers said while pointing towards the damaged walkway.
 “The footpath not only looks ugly but can cause injuries to pedestrians due to uneven surface. If this is the condition of a vital footpath in the heart of the City, the situation in other areas of the summer capital could be worst,” they said.
 It is not for the first time that people have pooled resources to do the public works, which the government was supposed to in Srinagar.
 Last year, the traders of nearby Regal Lane got toilets and Wuzu Khanas constructed while shopkeepers of Karan Nagar area repaired a portion of the main road.
 “This ground reality goes in stark contrast of claims of the National Conference led regime, the party which bagged all the eight Assembly constituency seats in the previous elections with the promise that extra attention would be paid towards development of the City,” remarked a shopkeeper while pointing towards a dilapidated patch of footpath.
 Despite repeated attempts MLA Amira Kadal didn’t respond to phone calls. However a senior official said the government was bound to pay due attention towards the welfare of people adding that the needful would be done soon.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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