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Dilapidated roads

The condition of roads in Srinagar city is hidden from nobody. Even the premier roads that were previously macadamized at regular intervals are in a dilapidated condition. People expect the work on roads to be maintained throughout the year and not just limited to an annual ritual. Since this is one area where the development becomes boldly visible, it is expected that new dispensation will concentrate on making roads better immediately after taking over. In the last over a year nothing has been done to address this day-to-day problem of city dwellers and those who come to this city on daily basis. Although, we heard previously that few projects were sanctioned by the government to improve the conditions of the roads and at certain places the government started the process of macadamization, however it remained confined to certain roads and the approach was tentative in nature. The government in the past touted setting up expressways and extended flyovers to solve the ever increasing problem of traffic in the Srinagar city. There is nothing bad in thinking of expressways, flyovers, Task Forces, and smart city, but does all this translate into action? There are many road projects in the valley that we have been hearing of from decades. They have now become a part of public pun. The Rambagh-Natipora bottleneck should have disappeared long back if the statements of men in power are taken into account. Despite the flyover being operational, the Natipora area often witnesses terrible traffic jam. No government has been able to dissociate development from expedient politics. Result of this ugly union has been discontinuation of the projects undertaken during one government by the upcoming dispensation. The merit of the administration should be gauged from how efficient it is in continuing the underway projects and how ably it adds new projects in the master scheme of things. It is only when this happens that the things will start falling in place. The road-widening project has also been in a limbo for years now. No road widening project was undertaken in the city in the last few years now. Before that also, narrow roads where traffic jams often occurred didn’t see any change in their width. As thousands of vehicles get added every year, the road width cannot remain the same. If the roads aren’t widened, there will be no forward movement anywhere in the valley. The worst to suffer will be the people living in city and near important towns that see large number of vehicles on roads.

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The condition of roads in Srinagar city is hidden from nobody. Even the premier roads that were previously macadamized at regular intervals are in a dilapidated condition. People expect the work on roads to be maintained throughout the year and not just limited to an annual ritual. Since this is one area where the development becomes boldly visible, it is expected that new dispensation will concentrate on making roads better immediately after taking over. In the last over a year nothing has been done to address this day-to-day problem of city dwellers and those who come to this city on daily basis. Although, we heard previously that few projects were sanctioned by the government to improve the conditions of the roads and at certain places the government started the process of macadamization, however it remained confined to certain roads and the approach was tentative in nature. The government in the past touted setting up expressways and extended flyovers to solve the ever increasing problem of traffic in the Srinagar city. There is nothing bad in thinking of expressways, flyovers, Task Forces, and smart city, but does all this translate into action? There are many road projects in the valley that we have been hearing of from decades. They have now become a part of public pun. The Rambagh-Natipora bottleneck should have disappeared long back if the statements of men in power are taken into account. Despite the flyover being operational, the Natipora area often witnesses terrible traffic jam. No government has been able to dissociate development from expedient politics. Result of this ugly union has been discontinuation of the projects undertaken during one government by the upcoming dispensation. The merit of the administration should be gauged from how efficient it is in continuing the underway projects and how ably it adds new projects in the master scheme of things. It is only when this happens that the things will start falling in place. The road-widening project has also been in a limbo for years now. No road widening project was undertaken in the city in the last few years now. Before that also, narrow roads where traffic jams often occurred didn’t see any change in their width. As thousands of vehicles get added every year, the road width cannot remain the same. If the roads aren’t widened, there will be no forward movement anywhere in the valley. The worst to suffer will be the people living in city and near important towns that see large number of vehicles on roads.