ROUGH RIDE: River embankment caves in, Hajin cut-off from Bandipora

ROUGH RIDE: River embankment caves in, Hajin cut-off from Bandipora

HAJIN: The road connectivity between Hajin village and the Bandipora district headquarters has snapped after the sudden collapse of a vital embankment near Chak Rakhi-e-Hajin. The collapse of the road has plunged the locals into a sea of miseries but the authorities have not even taken time to inspect the damaged site.
The locals said that the embankment of the river Jhelum often gets washed away but the authorities manage with patchwork and avoid effective remedial measures.
They say that the unattended embankment has cast a serious threat to the local population who have no option but to leave the area if the danger spot is not addressed properly.
“The authorities have ignored the dangerous point at Rakh Hajin and Banger Mohallah. If the repairs are delayed, it could have disastrous repercussions for whole north Kashmir in near future,” Javid Ahmad, a local resident told Kashmir Reader.
“We have approached the higher officials many a times but they never bothered to visit and address our concerns,” Ahmad said.
He said that for more than a week’s time the area is totally cut-off from the rest of Bandipora district but nobody in the administration is bothered.
The locals said that they have to traverse a considerable distance by foot to reach Saderkoot Bala to catch a vehicle for Bandipora.
Meanwhile drivers operating the passenger vehicles in the area have appealed to the authorities to repair the road and embankments in order to restore the routine movement of vehicles and passengers.
Sub-district magistrate Sumbal Ghulam Mohammad Bhat told Kashmir Reader that he personally visited the spot and issued directions to the executive engineer to take immediate measures to repair the embankments. “The work has already started. It will take some time for completion,” he said.
He said the administration has already submitted a proposal for renovation of the Jhelum embankments to the concerned authorities. The work will be done on priority basis and hopefully the traffic moment will be restored soon,” Bhat said.

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