ROAD SINKING CREATES PANIC IN HAJIN
Panic continues to grip the township here in north Kashmir as repair work of the road, sinking for the last three days, is yet to be initiated. Though local administration has asked the families and shopkeepers located in the area to take precautionary measures, many of them have been advised to move to safer places.
A portion of the road that suddenly started collapsing on Friday has been created panic among the residents.
"Few families and shopkeepers around road have been asked to immediately move to safer places as administration is initiating the repair work," SSP Bandipora, Shabir Ahmed, said.
The affected road stretch, according to locals, is continuously drifting due to water outflow, irregular drainage system and poor work of Irrigation department. "Friday's incident of road collapse was the sixth at the same spot," they said.
The road connects several areas of Bandipora district with Hajin town and is also frequented by people as well.
Locals alleged that the road was collapsing as the embankment of the Jhelum river was not properly repaired by the concerned authorities.
Eversince the 2014 floods, there have been close to a two dozen incidents of main roads caving in across the township which has created panic in the area, the local residents said.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Hussain, said that we have already submitted Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the government but the same has not been approved as yet.
"We have started temporary restoration work on the embankment and people also need to take precautionary measures," he said.