Barely nine kilometers from Srinagar’s Lal Chowk in the industrial village of hot mix plants, that supplies macadam for roads of entire Kashmir, lacks proper road connectivity. All of the roads are in dilapidated condition.
The village, Taingen situated near Pantha Chowk Bye Pass is home to hundreds of crusher and macadam plants, but all roads connecting this sparsely populated village, were never macadamised. It falls in Chadoora assembly segment of District Badgam.
Locals allege that road to the village is full of ditches and dust. “It becomes unbearable for commuters to walk on the roads due to dust that emanates from crushers and polluted air from macadam plants,” a local resident who works in Srinagar told Kashmir Life.
The roads were last time macadamised in 2003 and “since then no repair work has been carried out on the roads here.”
Whenever there are rains the roads get inundated in water and mud. “It becomes unbearable to walk on drive the road during rainfall.”
Locals also alleged that the plants are a source of noise, air and water pollution which has led to outbreak of serious health complications. “Most of the population of the village is involved in chest diseases,” A villager who identified himself as Manzoor Ahmad said.
Another local, Ajaz Ahmad told Kashmir life that even if their village is just nine kms away from city centre he has to leave early, at least by two hours to reach his office in Lal Chowk.