People suffer, roads in shambles
Admin warns owners, asks them to repair roads
The major link roads near brick kilns in central Kashmir’s Budgam district continue to remain in shambles due to the lackadaisical approach of authorities over the years.
Residents from different villages of Budgam where the brick kilns operate said the vital roads are in dilapidated conditions due to the regular movement of tippers.
Ansural Hussain,a resident of Bonahame area ofBeerwah the regular movement of tippers has damaged the roads causing inconveniences to the people.
“The roads have been damaged by the regular movement of tippers throughout the day making people suffer,” he said lashing out at district administration for failing to repair the roads over the years.
Due to potholed roads and presence of mud the residents have been facing tough time.
The villages where the roads are in shambles include Bunhuma, Naslopora, Sangam, Bundgam, Wahpora and other areas.
The residents of these villages said they had been facing trouble over the years due to the free movement of tippers.
“Due to mud splashing and potholed roads it is making the passage of public vehicle troublesome near the brick kilns in dozen s of areas,” he said.
However, on Wednesday the district admistration Budgam issued an advisory asking the brick kiln owners in the district to repair the damaged roads at their kilns.
The advisory asked the brick kilns owners to develop these roads by laying metal, dust and compaction on priority as tippers transporting bricks spill mud and damage roads.
The district administration warned the kiln owners that strict action would be initiated under law against the offenders for non-compliance of the order.
Reacting to the advisory, the residents said it is not for the first time the district administration has issued an advisory for brick kilns owners to stop damaging roads.
“Such orders were issued in past also, but those were never followed,” they said.
There are more than 300 brick kilns in Kashmir and nearly 230 of kilns operate in Budgam. The deadly smoke emitted from the kilns has drastically affected the trees and vegetable plantation of the area.