40 days on, Mahore-Gool, Mahore-Gulabgarh roads remain closed

Even after 40 days, the Mahore-Gool and Mahore-Gulabgarh roads are lying closed, with the locals terming official apathy as the cause of their suffering.
Pertinently, on January 21, both the roads were shut due to heavy snowfall. The Mahore-Gool road is lying closed at Daggan Top due to the accumulation of heavy snow, which the administration has “failed to clear”.

Mohammad Farooq, a resident of Chachi-Jamaslan, while talking to Greater Kashmir, said, “The Mahore-Gool road has been lying closed since more than a month. Most of our relatives live in Gool, but we remain disconnected from the. Also, a lot of children study at Madrassas in Gool, but their parents are unable to meet them.”

Similarly, the Mahore-Gulabgarh road has been lying closed from Tukson to Gulabgarh due to landslides at several places. The road links Shadol, Ranglai, Lar, Khor, Gulabgarh, Baransal, Kaidoora, Dewal and Nihoch.

The locals said that due to non-availability of transport, they are facing acute shortage of medicines, ration and cooking gas. “On one hand, the prime minter talks about digital India, but on the other, we are yearning for the basic amenities,” they said.

The residents urged upon the Governor and his administration to look into the issue and order the road to be cleared as soon as possible. “If the road continues to remain blocked, we will have no other option but to come onto the roads and launch an agitation,” they warned.

Zahid Malik