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Protect the Roads

November 20, 2022 |

With the arrival of winters, the administration in Kashmir faces multiple challenges to keep the basic services running despite tough climatic conditions. Freezing cold conditions deprive thousands of people of potable drinking water, forcing them to fetch water from nearby streams or collect it from the water tankers which are dispatched by the administration to the affected areas. Then there is the issue of keeping the power supply running. In case of heavy snowfall, electricity transmission towers and poles are uprooted, which plunge the affected areas into darkness which sometimes lasts for weeks. Another important issue, which is the point of this editorial, is connectivity. No sooner has the snowfall hit that roads get blocked. If the weather turns excessively bad, then people get confined to their homes for days without any respite. The situation is especially bad in far flung rural and hilly areas of Kashmir. To resume the road networks, the government pushes its technical engineering department into action. Hundreds of snow clearing machines sweep through Kashmir day and night to bring respite to the people. However, it has been often seen that in a bid to hurry up snow clearance operations, the administration also presses earth movers into action. Built for carrying out digging operations, these heavy machines inflict heavy damage on the road. It has been seen that the government sublets the operations of snow clearance to local contractors who hire these heavy machines from private persons. Without anything at stake, these machines set to work like monsters and end up digging big holes on the roads which cause grave inconvenience to people once the snow melts. Every year, the administration in Kashmir spends hundreds of crores to build or repair roads which are crucial for the good economic health of any state or country. However, once the winter arrives and snow clearance starts, the entire investment is thrown into the dustbin with the reckless manner in which these earth moving machines work on the roads. This sheer vandalisation of roads has been going on for several years and the manner in which the local administration doesn’t even pay heed to the destruction of roads suggests that they might be hand in glove with the private players who are the only beneficiaries of this process. Instead of spending hundreds of lakhs of rupees to fill the coffers of the owners of these earthmovers, the government needs to invest in purchasing its own fleet of modern snow clearance machines so that our roads are protected and connectivity isn’t affected during winter.

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Protect the Roads

November 20, 2022 |

With the arrival of winters, the administration in Kashmir faces multiple challenges to keep the basic services running despite tough climatic conditions. Freezing cold conditions deprive thousands of people of potable drinking water, forcing them to fetch water from nearby streams or collect it from the water tankers which are dispatched by the administration to the affected areas. Then there is the issue of keeping the power supply running. In case of heavy snowfall, electricity transmission towers and poles are uprooted, which plunge the affected areas into darkness which sometimes lasts for weeks. Another important issue, which is the point of this editorial, is connectivity. No sooner has the snowfall hit that roads get blocked. If the weather turns excessively bad, then people get confined to their homes for days without any respite. The situation is especially bad in far flung rural and hilly areas of Kashmir. To resume the road networks, the government pushes its technical engineering department into action. Hundreds of snow clearing machines sweep through Kashmir day and night to bring respite to the people. However, it has been often seen that in a bid to hurry up snow clearance operations, the administration also presses earth movers into action. Built for carrying out digging operations, these heavy machines inflict heavy damage on the road. It has been seen that the government sublets the operations of snow clearance to local contractors who hire these heavy machines from private persons. Without anything at stake, these machines set to work like monsters and end up digging big holes on the roads which cause grave inconvenience to people once the snow melts. Every year, the administration in Kashmir spends hundreds of crores to build or repair roads which are crucial for the good economic health of any state or country. However, once the winter arrives and snow clearance starts, the entire investment is thrown into the dustbin with the reckless manner in which these earth moving machines work on the roads. This sheer vandalisation of roads has been going on for several years and the manner in which the local administration doesn’t even pay heed to the destruction of roads suggests that they might be hand in glove with the private players who are the only beneficiaries of this process. Instead of spending hundreds of lakhs of rupees to fill the coffers of the owners of these earthmovers, the government needs to invest in purchasing its own fleet of modern snow clearance machines so that our roads are protected and connectivity isn’t affected during winter.


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Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
Administrative Office: Abi Guzer Srinagar

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