In three and half years, Mughal Road devours 34 lives in 26 accidents

The Mughal Road, which connects Pir Panchal region with South Kashmir and is an alternative to Jammu-Srinagar national highway, has devoured 34 lives in 26 road accidents in last three and a half years between Bufliyaz and Pir Ki Gali.

The historic road was used by Mughal emperors to reach Kashmir.

The proposal to revive The Mughal Road was mooted couple of times between 1950s to 1990s but its actual construction started in October 2005 and after missing several deadlines, the road was finally constructed in 2009. A two-lane road for all kinds of vehicles was opened in 2012.

It starts from Bufliyazchowk falling in Surankote tehsil area of Poonch district and after passing through Pir Ki Gali it reaches Shopian district where it ends.

Pir Ki Gali is regarded as the central point of road which falls at the border of Shopian and Poonch districts.

The road passes through tough mountains especially at RattaChambMorh, MansarMorh area between Bufliyaz and Pir Ki Gali area with only eight temporary shops established by some locals on the stretch.

Amid the mesmerising beauty of Mughal Road, fatal road accidents of vehicles have always remained a grave risk on the road as absence of mobile telephone network and any health institution renders and accident victims vulnerable.

As per details with Greater Kashmir, in the jurisdiction of Surankote police station from Bufliyaz to Pir Ki Gali,  five accidents took place in 2016 resulting in death of nine persons while in the year 2017 nine person lost their lives in five road accidents.

Similarly, ten person got killed in nine road accidents in 2018 while in the first six months of 2019, six persons lost their lives in four accidents on the road.

Pertinent to mention here that a major accident had taken place on June 27 this year in LalGhulam area located between Pir Ki Gali and Shopian in which eleven persons lost their lives while six others sustained injuries who are still under treatment.

Sources within the administrative setup told Greater Kashmir that the absence of mobile network on the road between Poshana and Heeropora leads to delay in receiving information of accidents and subsequent delay in rescue operation takes its toll.

Alongside, sources said, there is not even a single hospital on the road between Heerpora and Chandimarh and the only source of aid is an army checkpost at Poshana.

“You cannot infuse even an injection to any accident victim unless he is taken to Heerpora in Shopian or Chandimarh in Surankote and more than seventy kilometres of stretch is devoid of health facility,” sources said.

Not only this, sub district hospital Surankote, which is the main hospital in Surankote area, is devoid of specialised services and most of the patients with injuries are referred to Rajouri or Jammu which further delays timely medical aid for patients.