Poor road conditions damaging Kashmir economy: KEA

Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman Muhammad Yasin Khan on Saturday said poor condition of roads across Kashmir valley was further damaging the Kashmir’s economy and normal life on multiple fronts.

“There is not a single road, which is fit for human use as potholes and other ditches have made travel miserable,” Khan said in a statement.

He said that patients being ferried for treatment are the worst victims of the roads.

Khan, who also heads Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), said that from hampering normal life to affecting business, the bad roads have added to the miseries of the people.

He said that the business activities are badly affected as the roads along market places are in such a bad shape that customers avoid visiting even the City center Lal Chowk and Residency Road.

 “Poor condition of roads has also created traffic mess and thus customers avoid visiting markets because it takes hours to cover distance of minutes,” he said.

He said that given the ongoing construction of various projects including flyovers and overhead bridges, there are no proper reflectors that could guide the drivers and thus the roads have become more accident prone.

Khan appealed to Governor S P Malik to personally look into the matter. “Given the start of new tourist season the government should take up road repairs on priority,” he said.