Kulgam Residents Plant paddy on Roads to Protest ‘Pathetic’ Condition of Roads

June 23

Umaisar Ganie

In a unique way to protest against the dilapidated, the residents of Kanipora area  in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district planted paddy on the road to highlight the failure of the authorities to repair the damaged roads.

Residents of  Kanipora Kulgam, some 67 kilometres from summer state capital of Srinagar, have planted paddy saplings as a mark of protest on the Yaripora-Kulgam road to highlight its poor condition.

The unprecedented protest did not just end there – the villagers have taken it to the social media by uploading photographs on internet.

Locals told that the officials failed to check the quality of material used in road repairing.

“We time and again urged officials to ensure the utilization of quality material by contractor in road repairing,” a residents said.

They alleged that concerned department in league with the contractor used substandard material that resulted in various potholes and cracks on the road at many points.

“This is a silent protest to seek answers from the administration. If we had blocked the road instead, it would have only added to the problems of public,” Mohammad Ashraf, a resident of Kanipora added.

When contacted Executive Engineer Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) Kulgam Farooq Ahmad Mantoo, he said a proposal is already submitted to the department fo macadamisation of the road.