15-km Uri road in pathetic condition, locals aghast

15-km Uri road in pathetic condition, locals aghast

Baramulla: The 15 km-road connecting around six major villages in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district is in a bad condition creating hardships for the locals, especially ailing persons are not able to reach healthcare institutes due to the dilapidated condition of the road.

Accusing the authorities of giving a “step-mother” treatment to the area, the locals said that despite informing the local administration about the hardships they were facing due to the bad road, nothing had been done to improve its condition.

Arif Hussain, a resident of Kamalkote, Uri said, “We made several representations to the authorities and urged them to improve the condition of the road but despite passage of over six years, nothing has been done in this direction.”

He said that the condition of the road from Dachi village to Madiya village was dilapidated.

“From Dachi to Madiya, there are several other villages which include Basgra, Sultandhaki, Shadra, Sari Bandi and Kamalkote that fall on either side of the road. The entire population of these villages is facing problems due to the bad condition of the road,” Hussain said.

Locals said that no one knew when the situation on the borders would turn adverse.

They said whenever there is cross-border shelling, locals have to run for safety.

However, the condition of the road was such that they could not come out of their home and rush to the plain area like Uri town due to the terrible condition of the road.

“The authorities should know the need for good roads, especially in border areas. The good road here can save lives, especially during tension on borders,” said Muhammad Asif of Madiyan village.

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