While JK government claims improving road connectivity in the State, for last five years fate of 18 roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is hanging in balance for want of clearance from the forest department.
Documents accessed by Greater Kashmir reveal that of the total 18 roads awaiting clearance, 14 were sanctioned in 2010 and 4 in 2012.
However the government has not shown any urgency to sort out the issue and utilize the funds meant for connecting rural roads.
The PMGSY is a nationwide plan to provide all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages. It is a centrally sponsored scheme introduced in 2000 by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, 18 roads of around 90 Kms have become victim of official apathy.
Seven roads were sanctioned in Islamabad (Anantnag) spanning around 21.50 Kms. The details of the roads are: Kapran to Hengipora having length of 5.6 Kms, the status of the scheme is "case under process at CCF level." Chowgund to Hallen sanctioned in 2010, case still under process at CCF level. Haryakarbard to Gamedoor-I (case under process at range office Verinag), Haryakarbard to Gamedoor-11 (case under process at DFO Anantnag), Chowgund to Lebnan (case under process at CCF level), Reinchowgund to Koot Gujjar Basti (case under process at CCF level), Brimer to Mattigund (case under process at CF level).
In Bandipora, 6.70 Kms road stretches of Gurez Neeru Sikander are awaiting clearance as the case is under process at PCCF level.
In district Baramulla, 22.12 kms schemes are hanging fire for want of clearance from Forest department. The details of the schemes are as Thajal-Churanda under process at DFO level, Madinan to Chotali under process at CCF level, Bimber to Babagail under process with wildlife department.
A senior official of Forest department, wishing anonymity, blamed PMGSY for not taking up the cases with the concerned quarters.
Chief Engineer, PMGSY, D. D Gorkha told Greater Kashmir that they are pleading the cases with Forest department. "I will make sure to take up the matter with them so that there is no delay in executing these road projects."