With drop in temperatures, state government has ordered halt of macadamisation of roads in Kashmir from October 15.
A circular issued by the Roads and Building Department reads: "Macadamisation has been going on full swing, however, in the recent past there has been considerable drop in the temperature. The matter was discussed with the superintending engineers and executive engineers and there was collective opinion that the macadamisation works should be stopped due to drop in temperature. In light of the deliberations, it is hereby directed that to all the superintending engineers and executive engineers that no macadamisation works shall be executed after October 15."
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Chief Engineer, R&B Department, Sheikh Abdul Hamid said that the decision to stop macadam work has been taken after Valley witnessed dip in temperature.
"When temperature falls, macadamisation process has to be stopped as dip in mercury prevents settling of macadam on roads," he said adding that " this year we took macadamisation of roads on war-footing basis as during 2016 due to situation only few kilometers of roads were macadamised."
Though from last few years the state government has been claiming that it would continue macadamisation of roads even in winter months with the help of chemicals and latest technology as is happening in European countries.
However, an official of the department said: "The process was not studied properly as result of which the idea of continuing macadamisation work in winters was dropped. Use of latest technology to continue macadamisation work in winters months is must for Kashmir as here we have a limited working season."
The contractors are also backing the idea of using latest technology like in European nations which facilitates black topping of roads even when mercury goes below zero degree.
As per official data of PWB, the state government in 2017 has recorded blacktopping of over 1200 kilometers of roads across Kashmir.
Official document reveal that in 2016, the Public Works Department could macadamise only 30.64 km of roads in Kashmir, while in Jammu 1376.92 km of road was macadamized.
As per officials the imbalance has been reduced by the government this year, by undertaking blacktopping of roads in Kashmir.