9 years on, Magam road yet to be macadamised

JAVID ALI
MAGAM: A vital link road in Magamhas not been macadamised since 2005 leading to deterioration of the road.
Locals said that the road surface from Adina to Mirpur via Peth Makhama has given away at most of the places as theroad has been left in a dilapidated condition by roads and buildings department.
Muhammad Ismail, one of the locals from Mirpur, told Kashmir Reader that the road was last macadamized in the year 2005 and since then it has been completely neglected. “The neglect has led to a situation now that no transporter is ready to ply on the route,” he said.
The problem, according to the locals, is aggravated during rainy season when the potholes on the road are filled with rainwater making even pedestrian travel impossible.
The locals said that they protested several times against the government to make it aware of the dilapidated condition of this road. “Still there has been no headway,” they said.
They blamed roads and buildings department sub-division Beerwah for the present state of the road.
“Despite the public outcry, they failed to carry out the macadamisation last year,” the locals said.
Assistant executive engineer, Abdul Quyoom Dar acknowledged that theroad was in a bad shape.
He said that they have already submitted a report to the higher officials in October 2014.
“We have sought Rs 3.5 crore funding from (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) NABARD for the improvement of this road. But it is yet to come,” he said.