Delay in shifting of utilities hinders Tral-Satura road project

The Tral-Satura road construction undertaken by Road and Buildings (R&B) department is being hampered due to delay in the shifting of utilities like electric poles and water supply lines from the site, official sources said.

Everyday thousands of people travelling down the main road which connects main sub-district Tral with Tehsil Aripal have to bear with this pathetic road.

Greater Kashmir  had earlier carried a story on the road. People complained they  face immense hardships owing to dilapidated condition of the road which connects them with main town and rest of the valley.

“The R&B has failed to complete it in time due to various issues including the lack of coordination from the other departments. There are some bottlenecks particularly shifting of utilities,” said an official. “The Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Power Development Department (PDD) departments have failed in the timely shifting of the utilities coming in way of the road widening”.

The electric poles, water supply lines and telecom cables are yet to be shifted  which has affected the progress of work.

When contacted executive engineer PHE division Awantipora Chander Kant Sudan told Greater Kashmir that the total project cost is Rs 4.22 crores and only Rs 40 lakhs have been given to PHE department for shifting of water supply lines coming in the way of widening process. “An additional amount of Rs 55 lakhs was also sanctioned recently,” he added.

The High Court has directed the PHE department to file the latest status report with regard to shifting  of water pipelines on the road.

The direction came after advocate Mohammad Ashraf Wani  petitioned the court that the road from Tral to Satura is under construction since last two years.