Dilapidated roads, damaged bridges irk Kupwara residents

Dilapidated roads, damaged bridges irk Kupwara residents

Irfan Lone
Kupwara: Inordinate delay by the authorities to undertake repairs of dilapidated roads and bridges in north Kashmir’s Kupwara is giving tough time to the pedestrian and vehicle owners of the area.
Due to incessant rains this year, various roads in block Kralpora have developed potholes, hampering the smooth movement of vehicles. Besides that, the work by the Border Roads Organisation(BRO), going on at snail’s pace, is also acting as a major delaying the much-needed repair of the roads.
“Kralpora-Harie road is about 3 kilometres and BRO is working on it from last three years. The way they are working on it seems it will take one more year to complete” said Aijaz Ahmad a commuter, working in education department.
Not only roads but the work on the bridges has been left midway. “Wacharkhatu bridge was washed away by floods almost a decade before. Since then more than three times they (BRO) made some pillars only to dismantle them later ” said Mohammad Akbar, a resident of Wacharkhatu.
Another bridge, which connects the area of Kachahama with block Kralpora, collapsed five years ago but till date there has been no action taken by the authorities to rebuild it.
According to the locals, the dilapidated condition of roads and bridges is causing frequent traffic jams in the area. “The authorities have left these bridges unattended. Temporary bridges on this road pose risk of accidents, even pedestrians face a tough time to walk on these roads, ” said a group of commuters.
In Block kralpora, internal roads in Warson, Ganie Mohalla Guzriyal, Kachahama, Awathkulu are in a dilapidated condition as well with the people of these areas crying foul over government’s inaction.

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