Bad roads damaging Kashmir economy: KEA

Bad roads damaging Kashmir economy: KEA
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Stating that bad roads have further damaged Kashmir's economy and hampered normal life at multiple fronts, Kashmir Economic Alliance chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan on Saturday appealed Governor Sat Pal Malik to personally look into the matter so that road repairs are taken up on the priority.

In a statement, Khan who also heads Kashmir Traders andManufacturers Federation (KTMF) said from hampering normal life to affectingbusiness, the bad roads have added to the miseries of the people of Kashmir."There is not a single road, which is fit for human use as potholes and otherditches have made travel miserable and patients being ferried for treatment arethe worst victims of this mess," Khan said.

He said the business activities are badly affected as theroads along market places are so much in a bad shape that customers avoidvisiting even the city center of Lal Chowk, Residency Road than to talk ofmarkets elsewhere in the Valley.

"Bad roads further the traffic mess and thus customers avoidvisiting markets because it takes hours to cover distance of minutes," he said.

"Moreover given the ongoing construction of various projectsincluding flyovers and overhead bridges, there are even no proper reflectorsthat could guide the drivers and thus the roads have become more accidentprone," he said. Apart from other trouble, the wear and tear of vehicles hasunduly gone up as the suspensions get damaged and also the tyres which burdensthe pockets of common man.

He said given the start of new tourist season the governmentshould take up road repairs on priority. Khan appealed Governor SP Malik topersonally look into the matter.

The KEA Media Head Farhan Kitab said patch work alone won'thelp as the roads in Srinagar in particular are in terribly bad condition.

"Even if you look at the roads in Regal Chowk they give alook of some disaster having taken place," Kitab said.

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