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Authorities sit on repairs of dilapidated service roads of flyovers on Bypass

Potholes, uneven surface hit vehicular movement, pose risk of accidents
12:39 AM May 04, 2024 IST | SHABIR IBN YUSUF
authorities sit on repairs of dilapidated service roads of flyovers on bypass
Photo: Mubashir Khan/ GK
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Srinagar, May 3:  Failure of authorities to undertake repairs of service roads of under-construction flyovers on Bypass is taking toll on commuters.

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Amidst ongoing construction of flyovers at Nowgam, Sanat Nagar and Bemina, service roads are dotted with potholes creating chaos and hazards for commuters.

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The need for immediate attention to these service roads is evident, as they are not only causing delays during the rainy season but also on regular days due to their dilapidated condition. Commuters are forced to navigate through potholes and uneven surfaces, leading to long traffic jams and increased risk of accidents.

The lack of proper maintenance and planning has been a recurring issue in Srinagar, with residents often bearing the brunt of the authorities' neglect. "It's a shame that such a beautiful city has such poorly maintained roads. The authorities need to take immediate action," said Nazia, a college student who commutes through Bypass road.

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"Condition of these roads is deplorable. It's not just during the rains; even on regular days, it's a nightmare to navigate through these roads," said Sameer, a local resident who commutes daily through Sanat Nagar area. "It takes hours to cross these side roads. The haphazardness is unbelievable. It's not just inconvenient; it's also dangerous."

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The residents have expressed their frustration, highlighting the lack of maintenance and planning in the city's road infrastructure. "It's a nightmare to drive on these roads. Even a short distance takes forever, and the risk of accidents is always looming," said Mubashir Ahmad a commuter pointing towards road on sides of Bemina flyover.

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The situation is exacerbated by the ongoing construction of these flyovers, which has further restricted traffic flow and made the surrounding roads even more chaotic. "The construction has made things worse. There seems to be no coordination between the road construction and maintenance teams, leading to a complete mess," added another commuter.

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Authorities are aware of the problem and have assured that steps will be taken to improve the situation. "We understand the difficulties faced by the residents, and we are working to address the issues. Macadamising the side roads is a priority, and we are also looking into better traffic management strategies," said an official of SMC.

As the monsoon approaches, the urgency to fix these roads becomes even more critical. The safety and convenience of the residents must be ensured, and immediate action is needed to macadamize the side roads and streamline traffic flow in Srinagar.

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