Srinagar: Vast dusty parking area inside Press Enclave Srinagar has added to the woes of shopkeepers, pedestrians and people inhabiting around it. When a vehicle enters into the parking area belonging to Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), suddenly a cloud of dust appears and leave the passerby gasping for breath.
“Dust contributes to air pollution. It is a main component of the suspended particulate matter (SPM) that pollutes the air. Unlike summer season, the dust particle in winter gets concentrated in the air,” said an official from Pollution Control Board.
After traffic mess in the city center the authorities threw open the said parking for the vehicles, but instead of black-topping the road inside the vast parking area, the concerned agency in a hurry leveled it with soil and sand much to the discomfort of the people living around it. “As the vehicles enter into the parking slot, clouds of dust appear everywhere that creates problems for us,” a shopkeeper at Abiguzar said.
A senior journalist residing in a government quarter said that all the dust enters into their rooms. “The concerned agency needs to pay attention towards this menace. It will create different health hazards if left unattended,” he said.
An official from Srinagar Development Area said that they are mulling to create this parking slot on scientific lines. “Work will commence soon there and with that will end the air pollution,” he said. (CNS)