The tall claims of the government about improving road quality notwithstanding, majority of the roads across Kupwara are in dilapidated condition.
Locals of Handwara complained that one of the important roads, Handwara to Ramhal and adjoining villages, is dotted with potholes for a year now. “This road connects several villages of Ramhal area with the sub-district headquarter Handwara. Due to its pathetic condition, commuters including the students, patients and employees face immense hardships to reach their respective destinations,” a local Nazir Ahmad said.
“The commercial drivers refuse to ply on this route,” a local Irshad Ahmad of Wodiopra said.
The residents of Warpora, Neelipora, Magam, Geerpora, alleged that the officials of concerned department are not issuing tenders for the repair of this road.
Locals of Geerpora said that some patch work was done before elections for the movement of the higher authorities. “With the passing of the election, the work was been abandoned.”
“The problem increases manifold during rainy season. The chances of the road accidents increase when the road is slippery,” said Imran Shah, a resident of Palldajh.
The locals requested the higher authorities to start the work at the earliest. “We are facing immense hardships while reaching the college/school on time. It takes us more than one hour instead of 20 minutes to reach our educational institutions,” a group of students told Greater Kashmir.
A senior official in the R&B department said the work on the road will be started soon. “We have done some patch repair work before the elections, rest work will be initiated soon,” he said.