Dilapidated Kashmir roads a nightmare for commuters, pedestrians
According to the R&B department, out of the 15,000 kilometre road length across Kashmir, only 8,000 kilometres are ''100% black topped''.
Besides the physical inconvenience, the dilapidated roads have also added to the risk of accidents with the drivers almost crashing into the nearby vehicle every time they try to avoid the huge potholes and bumps. [Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir]
On the barely one-and-half-kilometre straight road stretch along the flood spill channel connecting Bagh-e-Mehtab with Rawalpora in uptown Srinagar, saner commuters don't take the straighter route.
The unpaved roadside along the spill channel bank dotted by mulberry trees, is a refugee from the main road dug out in the middle all along last summer for a drainage network, but then left unattended as usually happens in our part of the world.
It is a relief from the crude bumps and potholes on the meager road that literally give a camel ride feeling to motorists even as saving pedestrians from those tragic wheel splashes during rains and billows of dust during dry weather.