Despite ban, tippers ferry construction material uncovered

Make roads dirty, accident-prone; authorities in slumber

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 22 2018 12:28AM | Updated Date: Feb 22 2018 12:28AM
Despite ban, tippers ferry construction material uncoveredFile Photo

Despite ban imposed by government, tippers continue to ferry loose construction material without covering it, causing air pollution and spoiling roads in the summer capital.

The uncovered material including sand, soil, stones and bricks loaded in these tippers spills during transportation. “It is a serious issue and must be redressed on priority. Some diseases like chest problems are result of air pollution. When material like sand and soil falls on roads, it later comes into contact with air due to continuous movement of vehicles. Thus, commuters inhale all these pollutants,” said Abrar Ahmad, a science student.

He added that tippers carrying construction material are the main cause of pollution on roads in Srinagar. It has been witnessed that even hard substances like bricks also fall from overloaded tippers.

“Sometimes, these hard substances fall on vehicles coming from back side of tipper, resulting in accidents. Further, the fallen material causes unnecessary hurdles in the smooth movement of traffic and also makes roads accident prone,” said Nasir Ahmad of Bemina.  

“It is responsibility of authorities to ensure that the tippers don’t ferry uncovered material. Tipper drivers found responsible for spilling material on roads must be penalized. Despite a ban, vehicles in Srinagar continue to ferry loose construction material without covering it,” said Aqib Ahmad of Khanyar.

“Despite a ban, one can see tippers and other vehicles carrying building material uncovered, not only during the night but also during broad daylight. The uncovered material in vehicles leads to air pollution and sometimes some material falls off the vehicle leading to accidents,” he added.

On 9 June 2017, the state government had banned uncovered ferrying of construction material. It had asked transporters to cover the material with tarpaulins or canopies during the transportation process. However, the order has not been implemented on ground, though the government had warned that the violators would be dealt strictly under law. Commuters have sought strict implementation of the government directions.

Senior superintendent of police (traffic city) Tahir Saleem said that he has also received these complaints from past few days. “We have been booking violators under relevant laws. We will intensify drive against such violators,” he said.  SMC commissioner Riyaz Ahmad Wani said that he would look into the matter.

 

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