After remaining closed for eight days, the Kupwara-Machil road was thrown open by district administration on Monday. A police official said that one-way traffic was resumed on the road after snow clearance was completed last evening.
“Many people including patients and students who were stuck in Machil left for Kupwara and Srinagar,” said the police official. “We are really thankful to the Greater Kashmir for continuously highlighting our plight of being in isolation because of the closure of our road. It is for the first time our road has been opened only after eight days contrary to the fact that it used to remain closed for vehicular movement for months together,” said Sarpanch Machil.
He said that the inner links of Machil are still covered with snow which hampers the movement of people.
People here alleged that the health centre in Machil is locked since the heavy snowfall because the employee deputed here has not returned.
We have been demanding a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Machil but promises of every dispensation turned out to be farce.
“Although a Primary Health Centre is located at Dudi but that is 4 kms away from Machil which is highly inaccessible amid harsh winter,” said Ashiq Hussain, a local.
Meanwhile people from upper reaches across Kupwara district complained about absence of health employees posted in different health centres since the recent heavy snowfall.
Sarpanch Hangnikote Mohammed Aslam said the 4 km road from Tarathpora to Hangnikote has been only partially cleared from snow giving tough time to commuters. He said that although Roads and Buildings Department Division Handwara cleared the road with JCBs but a long stretch of about 1 km is still uncleared.
The concerned Executive Engineer Muzzafar Ahmad Khooru refuted the claims and said that he will personally look into the matter.