Hakbara Bandipora road in shambles, irks students

Hakbara Bandipora road in shambles, irks students
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Suria Hamid

Hakbara: Residents of Hakbara Bandipora complained dilapidated condition of their roads which gives tough time to daily commuters and transporters.
They said that 5 km road from Hakbara to Safapora was approved for macadamization in 2015 by the R&B, however, contractors left the work halfway.
“The tender for the road was issued for Rs 6 crore. The contractors work on the road for 10 days and left the work. After two months they again worked for ten days and left the work for never to return,” they said.
Barkut-ullah-Wani, a commuter said that due to the dilapidated condition of the road, their vehicles develop snag too often.
“We have no words to express our problem. Every month we have to do fix issues of our vehicles. Moreover, only three buses ply on the road in the day. ” he said.
Arizoo Bashir a student says that they are major sufferers due to the dilapidated condition of the road.
“Students have to go higher secondary schools of Hajin, Safapora or Sumbal as there is no higher secondary in the area and are dependent on the public transport. But due to non-availability of transport, we either go by foot or ask for a lift from private vehicle owners. ”
Hakbara is a central village nestled between Safapora, Sumbal and Asham. The roads connecting to Hakbara are 5 km distant from Safapora, 6 km from Hajin and 4 km from asham link road that connects it with Bandipora Sumbal Srinagar highway.
Executive Engineer Roads & Building Department Sumbal, Syed Shareef-Ud-Din, said that they are hopeful that road will be taken up under Central Road Fund (CRF).
“Some water pipes and electric lines need to be shifted by their respective departments. The road has to be of the width of 32 feet and is of 5 km length. We are pressing hard for its macadamization,” he said.