Authorities sit on repairs of Rawalpora-Rangreth road
Inordinate delay in repairs of vital Wanabal-Rangreth road is taking a heavy toll on the commuters.
Authorities dug up the main road from Sanat Nagar to Rangreth for drainage construction. However, inordinate delay in repairs of the stretch was causing inconvenience to the commuters.
The delay in repairs of the road has severely affected students, employees and Rangreth based business units. "Students and employees have to struggle every day on this route to reach at desired destinations," said Nisar Ahmad, a resident of Rangreth.
"The dilapidated condition of the road has hit our livelihood" said Muhammad Altaf, who works in one of the private business units at Rangreth.
The dilapidated route causes frequent traffic jams."The road has been extensively damaged due to construction of drainage system. The uneven surface and potholes on the stretch pose risk of accidents. What makes the situation worse is that all link roads leading to Rangreth, which could be used as alternative routes, have been dug for construction of drainage system," said Nazir Ahmad, a commuter.
While the main road is used by thousands of commuters on daily basis, it often remains blocked from past several months since authorities started construction of drainage system.
"Most of the cars have been damaged due to dilapidated road," said Umar Ahmad, a local.
Locals that said from past one week, the work has stopped.
"No official seems to be bothered to repair the road on priority. Earlier, authorities used to say that day temperature is not feasible for macadamization. Now the temperature is fair enough to complete the process," said Ghulam Muhammad, a local.
The Bailey bridge that connects Rawalpora and Rangreth with Bagh-e-Mehtab via Gulzarpora is in a bad condition and has been declared unsafe by the authorities. The bridge, built on Doodganga nallah, has got tilted in one direction and turned slippery.
"This bridge was damaged during September 2014 devastating floods. Many vehicles have fallen into the nallah during past two years," said locals. "Presently, light motor vehicles and two wheelers are using this bridge for travelling, mainly due to the compulsion in absence of any other connectivity," the locals said.