ANANTNAG: With the widening of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway far from comple¬tion, the condition of the existing road also remains messy. Besides being dotted with big potholes the road at several places resembles a muddy path. In Pampore and Lathpora, the road is in such a bad condition that both passenger and private vehicles have to move ahead inch by inch. Not only the drivers but the dai-ly commuters complain that delay in the journey due to the bad condition of the road causes inconvenience to them. “Due to messy condition of the road at dozens of places the journey from Anantnag to Srinagar gets delayed by more than an hour. Due to the big potholes on the long stretch of the road near Pampore and Lethpora there is often long traffic jamming caus¬ing inconvenience to the passengers,” said a driver, Bilal Ahmad.
“The journey from Anantnag to Srinagar is no less than a third degree torture as you get caught up in traffic jam for hours together due to the messy road,” said a lawyer and a daily commuter, Khursheed Ahmad. Officials sources blamed the Ramky con¬structions for the pathetic condition of the highway. “As per the contract Ramky constructions besides the road widening was sup¬posed to maintain the exist¬ing road as well. But the executing agency not only deserted the widening pro¬ject but also failed to take care of the existing one,” said an official. He also blamed the govern¬ment of being soft towards the executing agency. “The construction agency has already missed one deadline for the completion of the widening project in Last June and after seeking extension there is progress in the work. Besides it is responsible for the neglect¬ing the existing road on maintainence front leading to big potholes on the same all the way from Anantnag to Srinagar,” an official in the divisional admin told Kashmir Reader. He said that the government instead of being soft towards the agency should acted against it strongly for its being de¬faulter. However divisional commissioner, Kashmir, Rohit Kansal, said that they are going for a strong action against Ramky. “We had a high level meeting today where the issue was seri-ously discussed. Though i am not the authority to blacklist the company for proving to be a defaulter but i can tell you we are going for a strong action against the agency very soon,” Div Com told Kashmir Reader.