Sadam Hussain Pandow
Pulwama: Residents of Pampore’s Kandizal say their life has become miserable because of the terrible condition of the road stretch in the area, which also remains inundated with water.
They said the road has been in dilapidated condition for last six years without anyone bothering to repair it despite repeated pleas to authorities.
“Not only vehicles get damaged but pedestrians too are not able to walk because of accumulation of rain water,” a villager, Shahbaz Ahmad said.
He added that during summer the stagnant water emits foul smell compelling passersby to cover their noses with handkerchiefs.
Few days back accumulated rain water blocked the entire stretch and the villagers had to carry a coffin through paddy fields to reach a graveyard, a villager Mohammad Sabir Bhat said. He added that dilapidated and inundated road has created a chaos in the village especially for women children and elderly.
Residents said that legislator Zahoor Ahmad Mir had promised to get the road repaired after setting a water supply pipeline, “but a year after nothing happened”.
Outsiders prefer to avoid the village because of the filthy condition of the road, they said.
“Even our relatives prefer not to visit us,” a resident said.
MLA Pampore Zahoor Ahmad Mir told Kashmir Reader that the road construction is “already approved by NABARD”.
“Even half of road is already macadamized a year back,” Mir said adding that the work of the stretch was “temporarily stopped” for the purpose of fixing a water supply pipeline.
Villagers threatened to go for an indefinite strike on national highway if the road is not fixed soon.