By: Hadi Hidayat
Ganderbal, Sep 26: Residents of Kangan town in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal District alleged that authorities have failed to remove encroachments from main market Kangan, which is taking on the commuters and pedestrians leading to frequent traffic jams.
They said that Main market kangan, hospital road has been encroached upon by street-vendors and raidawallas which irks emergency patients and pedestrians.
Locals are up in arms and stressed that authorities should take immediate measures to remove encroachments said Bashir Ahmad a resident of Kangan.
Almost half of the road have been occupied by the Raidawallas the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye to this situation said Mushtaq Ahmad a resident of Margund.
Though, a number of anti-encroachment drives were launched by the authorities day before anti encroachment drive was conducted in Dudarhama main town of Ganderbal near District hospital to remove encroachment from irrigation canal but environmentalists have apprehension that situation never changed as illegal encroachment still remain stand their which is main cause of pollution to these water bodies.
Expressing grief concern over the increasing encroachments in main market Kangan, the in habitants especially consumers have demanded the authorities to crackdown against encroaches.
Meanwhile residents and shopkeepers expressed their concern over the poor drainage system which is full of garbage, carry bags, silt and polythene.
Residents of Kangan said, defunct drainage is causing waterlogging in main market which is hampering pedestrian and vehicular movement.
They alleged that such situation arises again and again because inaction and negligence of higher authorities and delay in Municipality organisational setup at tehsil headquarters and other towns.
Residents, Trade bodies have requested district administration Ganderbal to fullfil their demands as soon as possible to make Kangan market garbage free and launch cleanliness drive in this upper town of Ganderbal.