Bad roads, drainage in B'pore belies govt claims
Bandipore, May 27: Notwithstanding the tall claims of the government to improve the basic infrastructure in backward areas, the roads and drainage system in this North Kashmir district are in a bad shape.
Though the government announced that Rs 10 crore would be utilized to repair and construct the roads in the district this year, but nothing substantial has been done so far, the residents alleged.
The 57-Km Srinagar-Bandipora road is in shambles despite the Chief Minster, Omar Abdullah announcing Rs 2 crore for its repair in September last year, they added.
“Government is releasing money for repairs and road construction, but the officers don’t utilize it properly,” locals said.
“We don’t remember when these roads were repaired last time. It’s a terrible experience to travel on Srinagar-Bandipore road,” President Transport Union, Abdul Rashid said.
Almost all the inner roads are in dilapidated condition and drains remain waterlogged posing problems to the residents.
“Due to the poor drainage system, water enters into the houses and shops during rains”, said Saleem Ahmed, who runs a shop in the main town.
“We apprised the deputy Commissioner and officers of Municipal Committee, executive engineer R&B about the problem, but they are shifting blame on one another,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner, Muhammad Sharief, said, “R&B department repaired the roads in October 2009 and the recent rains damaged them again. The repair work will be initiated again.”
Commenting on poor drainage he said “all the drains are being cleared after the recent rainfall and complaints if any should be brought into my notice.”
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 May 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 May 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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