Official apathy puts Gurez-Bandipora road in shambles

Azim Jan

Gurez: The Bandipora-Gurez road, which remains closed for nearly five months in winters, is mocking at the official claims of better road facilities to the remote area of the Valley.
The 83-km road that passes through breathtaking peaks and beautiful landscape is in shambles due to the official neglect, locals told Kashmir Reader Monday.
The strategic road, maintained by Beacon, has several potholes along the stretch causing much inconvenience to the travellers.
The locals allege that the funds received by the Beacon are not being utilized to upgrade the vital road link.
“In 83-km road link, you can see just a patch of few kilometres macadamized. The remaining stretch is in shambles. It takes us 6 hours to reach Bandipora, a distance that can be covered in not more than 2 hours,” Mohammad Anwar Lone, a resident of Gurez, said.
“The Beacon has even failed to erect a protection wall. Had they done it, many precious lives could have been saved. But they are least interested to maintain this road,” he added.
He said officials of Beacon were macadamizing a few kilometres of road covered by dust and mud to ease the mounting public pressure.
Fakir Mohammad, another local said that the public representatives including the local MLA Nazir Gurezi, who is the Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, was overlooking the suffering of the locals.
“He visits his home in a chopper. How can he understand our pain, our suffering? Had he travelled on the road once after becoming minister, he would have understood what we go through,” he said.