Decade on, illegal structures continue to dot Tral-Satura Road

Authorities have failed to remove bottlenecks along Tral-Satura Road in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, which are hindering public transport for a decade.

Sources in the Revenue Department said the administrationseveral times in the past issued notices to the “encroachers” asking them toremove the “illegal” structures. “But few encroachers have consistentlyresisted such notices,” they said.

The bottlenecks in the shape of residential houses situatednear Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith Masjid

Kuchmullah, Diver crossing and Lurgam, have hit the roadwidening process, sources said.

Greater Kashmir had earlier carried a story on the issue.

People complained they faced immense hardships owing todilapidated condition of the road which connects them with main town and restof the valley.

Hundreds of commuters told Greater Kashmir that the failureof the authorities to remove these structure results in daily trafficcongestion.

“A few influential persons have kept their illegalstructures intact, while the government is pressing others to remove theirstructures,” said Mohammad Subhan, a local from Kuchmullah.

The residents appealed to the Governor administration todirect the authorities concerned to ensure removal of the illegal structures.

When contacted, Chief Engineer, Roads and Buildingsdepartment (R&B) Kashmir, Sami Arif Yasvitold Greater Kashmir that thedepartment has taken up the matter with the district administration and all thebottlenecks will be removed very soon.

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