Srinagar, Nov 9: A dilapidated stretch of road near Tengpora bye-pass Bridge has become cause of inconvenience for the residents, as the heavy traffic on the highway has turned this stretch very dusty.
The residents say the Highway Authority of India, which is presently widening the highway has not repaired the 400-meter stretch in past six months.
The miserable condition of the road has made the movement of people difficult and is also a cause of frequent accidents as well. In the past two months, the residents said, two major accidents took place on the road because of the deep potholes on the road. "Several persons were wounded in these accidents, but the authorities concerned failed to macadamize the road," said Abdul Aziz of Gulberg colony.
The most worrying thing for the residents is the dust emanating from the road due to its bad condition and heavy traffic movement. "Life has become miserable here. Our children and elders are complaining of respiratory problems," Aziz said.
But the Highway authorities say they are helpless. "There is a 132 KV high-tension wire hanging low over this stretch of the road. The Power Development Department is not giving us the clearance to raise the level of the road and macadamize it," the Executive Engineer of the Highway Authority of India, Manzoor Ahmad Matoo, told Greater Kashmir.
"The PDD has given us in writing that if the level of the road is increased, it can lead to mishaps for which they won't be responsible."
But officials in the PDD say that there was technical difficulty hampering the shifting of the 132 KV line. "The problem is over now. The new towers are being erected now," said Mushtaq Ahmad, the PDD's Superintending Engineer (System Operations-I). "The work will be complete in a month."