Shopian: Residents of Odura, Nosipora, Nazninpora, Dowini, Pashpora and adjoining villages here are lamenting the deplorable condition of a five kilometer stretch of Sheikhpora- Shirmal road.
Residents said they have to water through water canals on the road as the pipes carrying water were washed away in 2014 floods and since then no one has repaired them.
Mudasir Ahmad, a resident of Odura told Kashmir Reader that the villagers recently bought some cement pipes for the canal on their own, but they were stolen during the night hours.
“We are forced to wade through water. What will the children do who have to go to schools,” Mudasir said. Inhabitants said that nobody visits their area because of the condition of road. “Nobody is listening to our problems as we don’t have access to officials and politicians,” Aijaz Ahmad Lone, another resident from the area said.
Villagers said despite being the lone connectivity for the village the road has been ignored by the government due to unknown reasons. “The road is bumpy, narrow and dotted with potholes. Vehicles plying on the road get severely damaged,” Abdul Gaffar Rather, another resident said. “In bad weather we are apprehensive about the safety of our (school) children as they have to cross the canal,” Zamrooda Akhter, a housewife said.
Executive Engineer, Roads and Buildings, Shopian, Abdul Aziz Bhat told Kashmir Reader that they would lay the pipes where needed soon. “We are working on the development of roads and this road will also be taken into consideration soon,” he said.