Shopian residents decry dilapidated condition of Chitragam-Drawani road

Shopian residents decry dilapidated condition of Chitragam-Drawani road
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SHOPIAN: Inhabitants of Gund-darvesh, Bandpow, Thokerpora, Alishipora, Drawani, and Waddipora villages of south Kashmir’s Shopian district are up in arms against the authorities for leaving the vital Chitragam Drawani Road in deplorable condition.
Villagers told Kashmir Reader that the road was bumpy and dotted with potholes, which causes immense problems to the residents.
Locals from Thokerpora village said that the road which connects the village with rest of world is narrow and in worst condition. “We are facing huge problems, even auto rickshaws refuse to ferry any commodity to our village,” Saraj Ahmad Bhat, a local resident said while demanding widening and macadamization of road.
Locals added that they were forced to carry essential commodities on their backs since the transporters refuse to ply on this road.
Saraj Ahmad, another resident said that they feel ashamed while having such a condition of road even in this age of science and technology. “Politicians only come here for the want of votes and then leaves the population on the mercy of God,” he said.
Farooq Ahmad, a resident of Bandpow while demanding the macadamization of Chitragam-Drawani Road said that authorities must look into their problems. “We have been abandoned for no crime of ours,” he said.
Member of state Legislative Assembly from Wachi, Aijaz Ahmad Mir told Kashmir Reader that they have brought the road under NABARD and work and macadamization of the same will be started soon after the approval of funds.” This road comes under category E but despite that we brought this under the scheme to provide better relief to the inhabitants,” he said.
He added that Thokerpora Road will also be taken in this scheme.