Footpath along the Boulevard on the banks of famed Dal Lake have been in ruins for nearly three months as the government dumped heaps of sand, sun-baked bricks and metal rods on it to lay new street-lights but left the work incomplete.
According to the residents, and Shikara and houseboat owners, the construction material at the busy tourist spot hampered pedestrian movement which in turn affected their business.
The construction material was lying at various places on the footpath between Dalgate and Nishat Garden.
Criticising the government for leaving the work incomplete, they said tourists walking on the footpath were forced to use the footpath on the other side of the road, which ‘affected’ their business.
A boat owner, Ali Mohammad, said, “We have no other source of income other than these boats and if this trend continues who will feed our families?”
Another trader, wishing anonymity, said, “The government has no time frame or any deadline to complete any project in the city.”
Last year, Srinagar Municipal Corporation banned dumping of construction material on roads. However, the government violated the rule itself and left the footpath in a slumber.
Akash Sofi, who resides near Nehru Park, said, “When I go out to walk in mornings and evenings, I cannot use the footpath as the construction material lying there for two or three months has made walking on it a risky job.”
Chief Engineer, Srinagar, Shahnaz Goni told Rising Kashmir the work on the street-lights would take ‘some more time’ as somematerial was being brought from outside Jammu and Kashmir.
She said the government would try to complete the work within a month.
However, about the unattended construction material, Goni said, “Construction material lying on the pavement will be cleared in a few days.”