Key Magam road washed away by floods last year yet to be repaired

JAVID ALI
MAGAM: A key link-road in Magam, which was damaged in September 2014 floods, is yet to be repaired by roads and buildings department.
A portion of 15-feet wide Watamagam-Peth Kanihama road was washed away after its retaining wall along the stream collapsed in the floods.
The road width has now reduced to only six feet. Traversing the road has become dangerous for motorists.
“Only bikes can pass through as the road is too narrow,” said Ghulam Mohammad, a local. “The remaining portion is continuously eroding into the stream,” he said.
He said that no warning has been installed by the department to warn the motorists of the dangers.
The locals of Peth Kanihama alleged that the department did not repair the road while as numerous other roads were restored.
The villages like Chaira and Sanoor Kali Pora are cut off and people are forced to take a long detour from an alternative but treacherous route to reach Magam.
Executive engineer, subdivision Beerwah, Abdul Quyoom Dar told Kashmir Reader said that they have forwarded the proposal for the restoration of the road to State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
“The proposed cost is about Rs 32.50 lac and once funds are available we will go for its restoration,” he said.

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