Budgam: The 5-kilometer road stretch from Poshker to Khag in Budgam seems to be forsaken by authorities, leaving residents to trudge the potholes and ditches dotted along the whole stretch.
Residents complain that the “indifferent attitude” of officials has created problems for the commuters, especially school going children and the elderly.
“The road built about three decade back for light vehicles is being used by heavy trucks carrying crushed stones for construction purposes. Each truck is followed by a dust storm which not only affect our health but also dirties our clothes,” said Ghulam Ahmad, a local resident.
Macadamised some 15 years back according to local residents, the road is used by the populace, including students and employees, to reach to the Tehsil headquarter.
Resdients of Poshker, Alamnag, Haripora, Dalwash, Malwah, Dodoora, Hamchipora, Nagbal, Gogaldara and other villages complain that despite repeated calls no one has bothered to repair the road till date.
They said it is the only road which links their villages with the Tehsil headquarters, Khag, and onwards to the district headquarters.
“We have been facing problems travelling on the potholed road for decades,” Ahmad complained.
Talking to Kashmir reader AE Mechanical and Engineering department Riyaz Ahmad said that blacktopping of the road was in progress under Iskanderpora-Poshker scheme.
“The work is being done in two phases. First phase is complete and second phase might be delayed for the current session because of the political intervention,” he said.
“It depends on the political sensitivity and political activeness of the area. Any area with more political influence will be macadamised on priority basis and vice versa,” Riyaz said.
Residents said that concerned ministers never bother to visit the area to see the dilapidated condition of the road.
“We apprised our MLA, Omer Abdullah, former chief minister, several times but to no avail,” said Danish Ahmad a local student.
Residents added that if the road was repaired by the end of this season rainwater would only damage it further.
Beerwah MLA, Omar Abdullah, couldn’t be reached for comments.