As Darbar Moves to Summer Capital, Sgr Roads get Facelift in Dead of Night

Ubeer Naqushbandi

SRINAGAR

The painters working in Lal Chowk @ 11:30 PM on  April 29, 2016.
The painters working on City roads in Lal Chowk @ 11:30 PM on April 29, 2016.

With traditional Darbar Move on way to summer capital, the Kashmir administration is on tenterhooks giving facelift to major Srinagar roads.

The civil secretariat in Jammu closed on April 09 and is scheduled to start functioning from Srinagar from May 09.

Started by autocrat Maharajas in pre-1947 era, the Darbar move refused to stop despite widespread criticism for Crores of Rupees it involves.

Besides other things, this time around, the Darbar move has put stiff challenge to the Traffic department in Srinagar. Of late, severe traffic jams are being witnessed in and outside Srinagar. The closure of Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh road has added to the mess. The authorities had to close the stretch because of the on-going construction of the flyover.

More so, the government closed the Mehjoor Nagar Bridge which helped in easing the traffic jams on Centre-South city routes. The bridge is unsafe, the authorities claimed.

To get the city roads clean and stream lined, the authorities are working 24*7. Last night, around half a dozen painters were seen panting the roads in Lal Chowk which otherwise remains busy in the day.

Notably, this would be for the first time that a woman Chief Minister will be receiving Guard of Honour at Civil Secretariat Srinagar.

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