'Single lane opening of Mughal Road by April end'

Amid ongoing snow clearance work on Mughal Road, authorities are expecting the single lane traffic restoration on the road by end of this month.

However, locals of the area demanded expediting the snow clearance work on the road to ensure restoration of traffic at the earliest.

Sarpanch Marha Khalid Mughal told Greater Kashmir that a single small tunnel on the road can make it all weather road which will prove highly beneficial for all but delay in the same is unfortunate.

Sarpanch from Bufliyaz, Amjad Khan said that a number of people from Rajouri and Poonch are availing for themselves the treatment in hospitals of Srinagar and there is need to restore the traffic on the road to ease the public movement to valley.

Official sources said that snow clearance operation on Mughal Road has reached up to 39-km point on Mughal Road. “The main snow affected portion where there is heavy accumulation of snow, has now been taken up for clearance,” they said.

They said the snow cutters, the JCBs and other snow clearance machinery are being used presently on the road.

Junior engineer, Mughal Road project, Sarfaraz Ahmed said the snow clearance operation is going on at full pace and entire machinery of the department is on job.

Executive engineer of the project, Tarseem Thapa said the snow clearance operation remained suspended for ten days due to protest by contactors demanding pending dues on account of works executed under SDRF during 2014 floods.

He informed that after the intervention of DDC Poonch Rahul Yadav, work of snow clearance got resumed and is going on at full pace now.

He said the single lane traffic on the road will get restored by 30 April.