SHOPIAN: The 25-kilometre Shopian-Bejbrara road will be developed as a 25-foot, two-lane highway, instead of a 12-ft intermediate road, officials from the Roads and Buildings (R&B) department have announced.
The construction and widening of the stretch was started in 2017 after approval of Rs 48.75 crore for a 12-kilometre road stretch.
The road is currently giving commuters a tough time as it has turned bumpy and is dotted with potholes. Residents from the area said that the road is covered with mud at most places and in rains they are unable to ply vehicles over it.
An R&B official said that “People have to cooperate with us because we can’t bring a readymade road. We are working from dawn to dusk to give relief to people in the quickest time possible,” he said.
R&B, Shopian, Executive Engineer Abdul Aziz Bhat told Kashmir Reader, “Rs 48.75 crore was sanctioned by the government for a road stretch of 12 kms, but I, with all my efforts, will cover all 25 kilometres, that too with a 25-ft wide road with two lanes and footpaths.” Bhat said.
When told that people were asking how he planned to construct double the stretch of the road in the amount sanctioned for only 12 kilometres, he said, “When I checked this whole estimate, we found some items accessible. There was construction of an 18-ft road, but with the consent of the R&B minister and secretary, I made it to 25 ft. From Delhi, the road design was to construct it from a single lane to an intermediate road, but we are constructing to highway type,” Bhat said.
“Even some of the officials from my department didn’t agree with me, but I want to tell people to wait for end of 2019, our department will give you a better road than you are expecting,” he said.
Asked about the compensation of property that comes under the road, he said the union government scheme has no provision for compensation.
“People from the area fully cooperated with us, and if we asked them for one foot of land, they provided more. Their attitude was extraordinary,” he said.
The Shopian-Bijbehara road connects more than a hundred villages with the district headquarters of Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam. It also connects the villages with the railway station at Bejbehara.