Turn into garbage dumping stations, urinal points
JAMMU: In a bid to avoid tragedies and make crossing of roads accident free especially for the senior citizens and the school going children, Jammu and Kashmir Government came up with subways at Chowks facing heavy traffic but unfortunately these have turned out to be safe havens for the criminals and miscreants due to non-availability of CCTV cameras and the facility is being used as garbage dumping station.
As many as three subways at Bikram Chowk, Digiana Chowk and Gangyal Chowk were constructed in view of heavy rush of vehicles which caused problem to the pedestrians in crossing road but surprisingly locals prefer to cross road without using these subways.
Speaking on the issue, locals alleged that authorities while raising this infrastructure worth crores of rupees have totally ignored the safety aspect.
“People do not prefer to use these subways because at times the gates are locked and even when the gates are open the bad odour emanating from garbage dumped inside stops people to use the facility,” Romail Lal, a shopkeeper at Gangyal said.
“People have converted these subways into garbage stations and place for emptying their urinary bladders, moreover the miscreants can be easily seen using these places for consuming liquor or drugs,” he alleged.
“I hardly use the subway to cross the road but one day I tried because I was accompanied by my 7 years old son and there was heavy traffic on road,” Simranjit Kour of Digiana said, adding that it was her first and last experience because Subway was stinking due to heaps of garbage and empty liquor bottles which were scattered around.
She however, advocated for subways on the pattern of metro cities having wider dimensions and clean and safe environment.
However, the residents of the area where these subways are constructed have demanded installation of CCTV cameras inside to prevent any untoward incident.
“The police authorities and those who are at helm of affairs must understand the situation around our surroundings as crime rate has increased in the past few years due to illegal settlement of some people and thus CCTV cameras inside these subways is a pre requisite,” Abhinav Katoch, a banker suggested.
He asserted that installing CCTV cameras will not only make users secure but it will also help in preventing these subways being misused by the people littering inside besides keeping check on drug peddlers, miscreants and alcoholics.
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