Kashmir Innovates ‘Protest’, Plants Paddy on Roads



Paddy planted on Road
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In an innovative protest, locals in a central Kashmir hamlet on Thursday planted paddy on a link road leading to their village.

The locals demonstrated the bad condition of roads in peripheries of summer capital.

The incident took place at Reshipora in Budgam district where villagers planted rice plant saplings in potholed road.

“This was the only option left with us,” Zafar Ahmad, a local resident of the area said, “we took this issue (poor condition of roads) to top authorities but they were not moved.”

The last PDP-BJP Government headed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed macadamized roads across Kashmir. However, scores of complaints of bad material used in macadamization came from many areas. The government used special chemicals and even macadamized roads during low temperatures.

Farooq, another resident of Reshipora said, “it is not only the fault of R&B but PHE and Municipality is involved in it.” He said that PHE department has failed to repair the water pipes supply water to the village. “First, we face water problems due to leakage and then, the road surface is destroyed which has happened in our village,” he added.

He alleged that the authorities have failed construct proper drainage. “It could have saved the roads,” he added.

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