Srinagar, Oct 9: Exasperated by the government apathy to macadamize road for past five years, thousands of residents from Nowgam to Chattergam on Monday observed a shutdown and sought intervention of the High Court.
The passenger vehicles went off the road and residents came on streets protesting against "government's criminal negligence towards genuine problems of the people."
The compliant of the residents is that for past five years they have repeatedly approached the authorities with requests and appeals to macadamize the road which is ruined by movement of trucks that carry soil for the railway track.
The movement of trucks is a major of cause of dust pollution, which has made life in this vast area miserable. "I had shifted from downtown Srinagar to here but I think it was a wrong decision," said Danish Mhuktiar of Baghat Kanipora. He said his children were suffering from various chest-related diseases caused by the movement of trucks on the road and compounded by government unwillingness to macadamize it. The aged persons in the area also suffer from various ailments. The residents said the government inaction and apathy has been major cause of their suffering. "Government has no right to play with our lives," Ahmedullah, a resident, said.
It is not the first time that a strike has been observed in the area. Last year the passenger vehicle owners refused to ply on the road full of drenches saying that it damages vehicles. Only those vehicles were plying on the road whose owners reside in the area. "I too am seriously thinking not to ply vehicle on this road. The road plays havoc with the vehicles," said a matador owner.
The residents have only hope that is High Court. They requested the High Court and the Chief Justice to take cognizance of the problem, which has endangered their lives. "If the High Court will take suo motto cognizance of the matter, our miseries will end," the residents said.
The Divisional Commissioner had also written to the Chief Engineer vide his letter Div com/2392/94/kas/misc, asking him to take cognizance of the matter but so far nothing has happened. The Chief Engineer Roads and Building was not available for comment despite repeated efforts.