Residents resent delay opening of Sonamarg road

Residents resent delay opening of Sonamarg road
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Road to open by March 20: BRO

Sonamarg: The residents of Sonamarg and nearby villages are resenting the “delay” in opening of Sonamarg road.
Expressing anger against the Border Road Organization, Sonamarg Development Authorities and district administration for not opening the Sonamarg road despite less snowfall this year, the residents demanded the road be thrown open at the earliest.
They said that delay in opening was badly affecting the business and working class of the area.
“Despite very less snow fall as compared to previous years the district administration is making inordinate delay in opening the Sonamarg road,” Ashiq Ahmad, a local resident said.
People carrying out various businesses at the tourist resort alleged the Sonamarg Development Authority was only interested in collecting funds while doing nothing on the ground.
They said the closure of the road has also disappointed tourists many of whom had to return as they are not allowed to move beyong Gaganger, 12 km from Sonamarg.
Mushtaq Ahmad, who runs a hotel at Sonamarg, said that the tourist season was very important for their livelihood and if the road remained closed for long it will have an adverse impact.
Sonamarg road remains closed in winter due to heavy accumulation of snow, and threat of snow avalanches. Vehicles are not allowed to move beyond Gagangeer.
BRO Captain Kaushal Sharma told Kashmir Reader snow has been cleared on two passes for two-way traffic upto Sonamarg. He said the road is expected to be thrown open by March 20 if there is no further rain and snowfall.
SDM Kangan Mehraj-Ud-Din Shah told Kashmir Reader that the traffic will be restored on the road upto Sonamarg only after green signal from the BRO.
“We are waiting for green signal from BRO,” he said.