Rawalpora-Rangreth road in shambles; PWD sleeps
The pathetic condition of Rawalpora-Rangreth road here is reflective of gross callousness as well as failure of the J&K's Public Works department.
For the past two years, the vital road has become a nightmare for hundreds of daily commuters due to its dilapidated condition. And, despite assurances from the PWD authorities that the thoroughfare that leads to Rangreth Industrial Estate would be repaired "soon", its condition has only worsened.
Hundreds of commuters, mostly entrepreneurs, software engineers and industrialists are forced to spend hours together on the road, amid scorching heat and pestering traffic jams, due to unending construction work going on it for the past two years.
Among several software firms at the Rangreth Industrial Estate (RIE) is the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).
An STPI executive, wishing not to be named, told Greater Kashmir that he was left red-faced when a top software client "out-rightly declined" travelling to Rangreth due to bad condition of the road.
"For the past two years, our cars have suffered massive damages due to dilapidated condition of this important road link," said a group of entrepreneurs at the RIE. "Our clients don't come to this place due to fear of traffic jams and worst condition of the road from Rawalpora onwards."
The digging up of the road, continuously for the past two years, has angered both the local residents as well as daily commuters.
"We fail to understand which governmental agency is doing what? There is no end to this digging phenomenon on this five-km-long road for two long years," said a group of Rawalpora residents, slamming the gross failure of the PWD to make the road motorable.
"One can understand that no road is fixed overnight but with regard to this road, work had to be speeded up in view of its importance. But the PWD has miserably failed to do so," said the group of entrepreneurs.
The road stretch from Railway bridge to Gogo link road is dilapidated, causing massive traffic jams. The problem has been compounded as all the link roads leading to Rangreth have been dug up to construct a drainage system.
According to president RIE, Tariq Razak, traffic jams have become worst "since two machines were stationed, on each on roadside at Wanbal and Gogo link road, some months ago."
"We have been crying hoarse but no one is paying attention. Drainage work between Railway bridge to Wanbal chowk has been completed but the road hasn't been macadamized. 100-meter drain between Wanbal Chowk to Gogo link road drain is yet to be completed, leaving the road in a pathetic condition," Razak said.
Satish Razdan, director of J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), which is executing the work on the road, said it is necessary to wait for a road to "strengthen" after drainage work so that macdamization could be undertaken.
"After drainage work there is a time period for the road to strengthen before we start black-topping. If things go well, by end of July we should be able to macadamize the stretch on which our pipeline is laid," he said.