Political tussle leaves Bandipora-Srinagar highway in a shambles
Bandipora: A political tussle seems to be the main cause for the worse condition of Bandipora- Srinagar road that has become a nightmare for commuters. The locals blame that the successive governments have deliberately left the 60-kilomter road in a miserable condition.
The locals said that for more than a decade’s time, a major portion of the road has been left unattended. Around half of the road is not motorable. Locals say that doctors advise pregnant women not to embark on a journey on this road and several commuters have developed serious spinal disorders due to traveling.
They say that the Bandipora constituency suffered immensely because the local legislator belonged to a party that was not in power. “Last time the PDP legislator represented the constituency and his party was in opposition. This time, the Congress legislator won the election but his party lost the power,” rued a local resident.
The i9ncumbent Congress MLA Usman Majid is blaming ruling PDP for ignoring Bandipora residents’ demand for a fair road. He said that the PDP has failed to make the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) entrusted with the task of upkeep of the road, accountable.
Interestingly, Majid was the person who pleaded that Bandipora-Srinagar road project must be transferred to BRO citing the lackadaisical approach of the Roads and Buildings department. He now says that the BRO has proven to be lazier.
The BRO on its part says that deputy commissioner has failed to resolve issues with the locals.
Despite three MLA’s an MLC and a minister of state belonging to the area, people are aghast over their failure in reshaping Bandipora roads.
In protest, the locals have now joined hands to agitate against the government apathy through an online campaign.
The online campaign, which was started by youth a week ago with hashtag #BetterRoadsforBandipora has now takers from every sphere. The doctors, religious scholars, employees and traders have gathered to protest against the government’s ‘arrogance’. On Sunday a mega meet with banners, “Better roads for Bandipora” was held at Gulshan Chowk Bandipora. All the stakeholders urged the government to wake up to the problems of people with special reference to the roads in Bandipora. Even the traders’ federation has warned to go on indefinite shutter down strike if the work on road did not resume by 10th of March.
However, the MLA after many queries launched by people has assured that the road will be repaired by this year.