Kupwara: For two decades the residents of a cluster of villages in Mawar belt of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district have been demanding proper road connectivity but the authorities have been miserly dealing with the demand. The residents of Shatgund Payeen, Hangha and Shahbaz Colony said the Roads and Buildings (R&B) department failed to macadamize the road, the lone link of these villages with the Handwara-Mawar road.
They said that the villagers launched strenuous efforts to convince the authorities on the vitality of the road-link and even as the road was broadened for make it motorable, the R&B left the work midway without macadamizing the road. The department also failed to construct a culvert on a small stream known as Dogam Nala that meets the road at the beginning.
“From past decades there was only a foot path for our villages but after a lot of struggle, the department approved one-kilometer link road and a small bridge. The road was not macadamized resulting in difficulties to people who wanted to drive on it,” a villager said.
“The students, womenfolk and patients are facing so many difficulties while going to school, market place or hospital,” he said.
The poor road connectivity is hampering the development of the villages. “The people are constrained to dump construction material like sand, stones and bricks outside the village and carry it on shoulders or horsebacks,” he said.
The residents say that an alternate road-link to the villages is lengthy and in worst condition.