Shah Tawqeer ul Islam
Sopore: The road from Watlab to Chatkal has been in a dilapidated condition for many years. The Chief Minister directed the concerned department for the widening and macadamization of this road two years ago, but still, no development has taken place on it and the condition of the road is the same as it was. People have been facing inconvenience for so many years on the road and it continues giving commuters and pedestrians a tough time.
The Watlab-Chatkal road connects many villages like Tujer Zanipura, Bomai and many other more to the Sopore-Bandipura highway via Watlab on the one side and the Sopore-Kupwara Highway via Chatkal on the other.
Residents of Bomai told Kashmir Reader, “The government has turned a blind eye towards us despite our facing so much inconvenience for so many years. The problem gets further worsened when ill people have to take this road.”
“The poor road has not only affected our business but has made life miserable for the residents of the villages which fall on either side of it,” said local shopkeeper Abdul Hamid Pir.
“Almost more than eight years had passed when the road was macadamized. Since then, no development has taken place,” agreed local resident M. Iqbal Sultani.
“We have on a number of occasions brought the issue to the notice of the authorities concerned, but the authorities turned deaf ears to our pleas. We hope our long pending problem will be resolved now,” Sultani continued.
Executive Engineer, Road and Buildings (R&B) department, Sopore, Saleem Akhter told Kashmir Reader that they have already started the road widening programme on this road from the boating side. “The delay in the work is because of some hindrance like electric poles or water pipelines which come between the roads and take time to shift, which ends up affecting our work.
“In the end of 2019, the road will be fully macadamized” he added.