Authorities vandalise Boulevard footpath

People aghast over frequent digging

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 14 2017 12:41AM | Updated Date: Dec 14 2017 12:41AM
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Signifying messy state of affairs, repeated digging of footpath at tourist hub Boulevard is causing immense problems to locals and tourists. 

A major stretch of footpath at Boulevard is dilapidated after authorities dug it up for laying power cables for street-lights.  

The Boulevard footpath is thronged by people including morning walkers. However, repeated and haphazard digging of the footpath is hampering pedestrian movement. 

“Frequent digging of Boulevard footpath raises question marks over lack of planning by authorities. The problem is compounded as the authorities leave the footpath unrepaired even after laying of cables,” said Imtiyaz Ahmad, a resident of Dalgate.

The local shopkeepers are also up in arms against the authorities for leaving the footpath dilapidated. “It is ironical that the authorities have refilled the dug up portion with soil and sand and put old tiles over it in haphazard manner. The dilapidated footpath poses risk to pedestrians and also gives wrong impression to tourists,” said Naeem Ahmad, a salesman at a local shop. 

Malik Tariq, PRO Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) said Boulevard footpath has been dug up by PDD’s electrical division-I for installing heritage lights.  “They have not sought any permission from us for taking up this work,” Tariq said. 

To mention, LAWDA has been repeatedly asking people and government departments to seek proper permission from it before taking up any construction or repair work in the areas falls within its domain.

One of the senior PDD officials from PDD’s electrical division-I said that “the footpath would be repaired shortly.”