People suffer as transporters refuse to ply on Srigufwara-Mattan road

Road is in dilapidated condition, needs ‘massive’ repair: Ex En

ANANTNAG: Miffed over the dilapidated condition of the important Srigufwara-Mattan road, the transporters have gone on an indefinite strike, much to the inconvenience to the locals.
The 10-kilometer link road connecting two tehsil headquarters remains dotted with potholes at several places.
The transporters said that long stretches of the road near Nambal , Adalach and Loiseer resemble a dusty path causing severe inconvenience to the commuters.
They said that road remains completely water logged in case of a slight rainfall.
The transporters, according to reports, have now changed the route and have asserted that they will not ply their vehicles until the road is macadamized.
“The bumpy road has completely damaged our vehicles. Every week we have to take our vehicles for repairs as one or the other part of our vehicles get damaged while plying on the potholed road, “said a Sumo driver, Bilal Ahmad.
But now we have decided not to ply on the road unless the authorities don’t repair it, he added.
Another driver, Khursheed Ahmad said: “It is irony that the authorities have started repair and black topping of minor link roads of the area but have left out the important road on which dozens of Sumos and mini-buses registered with different stands keep plying throughout the day.”
“We had decided to go on a strike last month but then some workers of the political parties told us that the road will be taken up for repair and macadamization in next two weeks. But nothing has happened so far,” he added.
He said that most of the drivers have purchased the vehicles after availing loans from the banks. “But while plying on the road our vehicles suffer such a huge damage that we have to spend all our earned money on the repair of our vehicles every month,” he said.
The strike by the transporters, reports said, has caused severe inconvenience to the people of several villages including Her Nambal, Bon Nambal, Adalach, Loiseer and Dirhama who later staged protests near Akura bridge causing messy traffic jam.
Hundreds of students, government employees and even patients had to walk on foot to reach their destinations.
Executive engineer, R&B division (Anantnag), Showkat Ahmad admitted that the road was in a dilapidated condition but added that it will require at least Rs 2.50 crore rupees to macadamize the same. “At least five km stretch of the road needs complete macadamization for which we need around Rs 2.50 crore. I can only spend 5 to Rs 7 lakh on patching of any road,” he said.
He, however, said that he has sent a proposal to the chief engineer for the project. “If I get a green signal for the repair of the road, I will go ahead without waiting for funds,” he added said.