Dalgate-Zakura road expansion project in shambles

You have to waste around two hours in travel to Valley’s highest seat of learnining –the Kashmir University, which is barely 10 KMs away from the city center. Courtesy: Government’s failure to exp...

You have to waste around two hours in travel to Valley's highest seat of learnining –the Kashmir University, which is barely 10 KMs away from the city center. Courtesy: Government's failure to expand the Dalgate-Zakura road from two-lane to four-lanes even though seven years have passed since the project was started.
 And as for now most part of the road is dilapidated due to laying of a pipes, which chokes the vehicular traffic movement.
The project
  The Rs 830 million Dalgate-Zakura road project has been virtually abandoned and the road which is vital not only to the KU, but also to Hazratbal Shrine is in shambles.
 A few months ago, ERA had dug up a large stretch of the road between Saida Kadal to Ashai Bagh for laying of drainage pipes.
 However, even though the pipes have been laid, the road wasn't re-macadamized.
Commuters suffer
  As a result, frequent traffic jams and accidents occur frequently on the road.
 Last month, a motorcyclist was critically wounded when he slipped on the dilapidated stretch near Saida Kadal Bridge as there were no cautions boards there.
 Since then Hameed  Makhdoomi is bed ridden as his legs received multiple fractures.
 On the other hand the problem of traffic jams irks the student community most.
 "Due to bad road condition, the cabs have to crawl and we reach the university late," said some students of KU.
The excuse
 The R&B department puts the blame on ERA. Its chief engineer, Muhammad Shafi said: "The fault lies with ERA. Our department had signed a MoU with them, which stated that the agency, which would dig up the road, would re-build it according to original specifications."
 ERA says the commuters will have to wait.
 The Kashmir director for ERA said, "Even though the contractor has laid the pipes, they are is yet to be tested. I hope that will happen soon."
 To mention, the work on the Saida-kadal road had started in 2001.
 The foundation stone of four lane road named Meerakh Shah Road was laid by the then chief minister, Farooq Abdullah on September 8, 2001.
 According to sources, Rs 46 crore were to be paid as compensation for acquisition of land and structures along the road, Rs. 11 crore were to be spent on the construction of new bridges while Rs 26 crore were to be utilized for the construction of the road.

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