Asif Mohammad Bilal
SRINAGAR: The road leading to Badamwari – which had off late been added on the tourist map – is in shambles taking off the sheen, whatsoever, promised at the serene environs of almond alcove.
The stretch from Kathi Darwaza to Badamwari, local residents said, was dug for drainage work in January, but left without full road repairs so far.
“The condition of the road is pathetic. There are potholes all over and some are so deep that if anybody falls in it, it can lead to fatal injuries,” Mustafa, a tourist said.
“Badamwari and Hari Parbat are famous tourist places as people from all over the world visit here but government’s apathy has marred these charming places. Government should immediately commence work on it, so that no one can feel inconvenience,” he added.
Aadil Ashraf, a visitor from Tral, said: “It seems as if we are travelling through a rough jungle like road. We have never imagined that a road which leads to famous tourist places will be in such a shabby condition.”
The residents of the area said that the shabby condition of the road have irked them the most.
“In January the road was dug for drainage purpose but so far authorities have failed to macadamise the same, thereby leaving us to suffer,” a local resident said.
He said that after a rainfall, water gets accumulated in potholes producing stink which becomes nuisance for them. “We urge concerned authorities to commence work on it as soon as possible as tourist season has already begun,” he said.
An auto-rickshaw driver Umer Gulzar said that transporters like him face a lot of problems because of the bad road.
“In absence of maintenance, the road has developed dangerous potholes causing immense inconvenience to commuters. Whenever I take a tourist to Badamwari, they invariably complain about the condition of the road,” Gulzar said.
Chief Engineer Roads and Buildings department Nisar Ahmad Bhat told Kashmir Reader that it was not possible to fix the road in winter. “Now summer has arrived, and we will commence work on it very soon. Hopefully, it will be completed by June.” Bhat said.