Hirpora (Shopian): Several villages of hilly district of Shopian in south Kashmir are lacking the road connectivity despite being situated in the vicinity of historical Mughal road.
Inhabitants of Douchun, Saraibal, Krechpathri and Divpora villages demand construction of road and bridge on Rambiara rivulet. The road was not even constructed under ambitious Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Youjna (PMGSY).
Muhammad Nafie, a resident of Douchun village told Kashmir Reader that they have to carry building material and other things on horses or by themselves as there is no road connectivity or bridge to the area. “We brought this issue to the notice of higher authorities several times but nobody paid heed to our pleas,” he said.
Another resident, Muhammad Sadiq from the area said that despite several schemes of state and central government this road was not constructed. A group of villagers from Douchun and Saraibal told Kashmir Reader that they have voluntarily set up a wooden bridge to cross the rivulet. This bridge is dangerous during flash floods and heavy rains. People prefer to stay at home rather than risking their lives during heavy rains,” he said. “Several villagers got stuck in Hirpora due to flash floods and heavy rains. This wooden bridge was washed away with water several times,” Irfan Hussain Khan from Saraibal village said.
Once constructed, the road is going to be of great benefit to hundreds of forlorn villagers. Apart from Douchun and Saraibal villages, this road will connect hundreds of families from tribal area with district headquarters and Hirpora village.
Villagers told Kashmir Reader that carrying building material on our backs or horses is not an easy job in this era. “We demand construction of road on fast track basis,” they said.
Zareefa Banoo, a homemaker from Douchun told Kashmir Reader that it is very difficult for pregnant ladies and ailing villagers to travel on the non-motorable road. “Sometimes it becomes the question of life and death for the pregnant ladies,” she said.
Students including primary standard students have to cross this dangerous bridge to reach their respective schools in Shopian or Hirpora.
Executive engineer Roads and buildings Shopian, Abdul Aziz Bhat said that his office has submitted the estimate for the road in Central Roads Funds (CRF). “We are waiting for official sanction. Until the formal sanction comes, we will install a makeshift bridge for the area,” he said.