Dilapidated roads, incomplete bridges irk Pulwama residents
Pulwama, Feb 27: The inhabitants of Pulwama are up in arms against the government for its failure to repair the dilapidated roads in the district.
“These roads have been in pathetic condition from the past many years and the government has turned blind eye towards the issue,” the agitated residents told Greater Kashmir.
They said the people were facing huge inconvenience due to the potholed roads and many car drivers had developed backaches while commuting on these.
“The roads including Kakapora-Newa, Newa-Pakharpora via Rahmoo, Manduna-Narwah, Shadimarg-Qasbayar and other small link roads are in complete dilapidated conditions,” the locals told Greater Kashmir.
The Kakapora-Newa road, which is 10-kilometer long and connects many areas with Srinagar via Pampore, is in pathetic condition, they said adding that despite numerous representations to the district administration seeking repairs of the road, the authorities failed to anything substantial in this regard.
The residents of Malwara, Narbal, Larv and Naman villages have also complained about potholed roads in their respective areas.
“This road had a good traffic flow five years ago, but now very few vehicles ply on it,” said Naseer, a student from Narbal village.
The condition of Newa-Pakherpora road is no different. “The 12 kilometers long road stretch has become a nightmare for the inhabitants of the area,” the locals said adding the authorities started repair work on the stretch last year and after macadamizing one kilometer of the road, they stopped it for the reasons better known to them.
“We have to wait for hours on the road to get a lift as very few vehicles ply on it. Due to the bad road condition, some of the transporters have also stopped their service,” the residents said, adding the people were suffering immensely due to lack of transport.
The roads at Qasbayar and Narwah are also in pathetic conditions.
According to the locals, the incomplete bridges in the area were also causing huge difficulties to the people. “There are many under construction bridges in the district, whose work is going on at snail’s pace from the past many years. The bridges on Romshi Nallah at Wahibugh and Drabgam are still incomplete,” the residents said adding that due to the absence of bridge at Tangpoona on Pulwama-Awantipora road, the people were facing huge inconvenience.
“We wand immediate completion of Romshi bridge as it connects a huge area to the Pulwama town”, said Farooq of Wahibugh village, adding the executing agency should expedite the work on the bridge and complete it within the stipulated time.
The people in the district have sought the intervention of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and District Development Commissioner in this regard.
Compiled by Imtiyaz Sofi
Lastupdate on : Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 IST
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