Roads were dug up for laying underground sewerage pipes
Anantnag: Several busy roads in main town Anantnag, dug up earlier this year to lay underground sewerage system pipes, are in shambles. The roads have been left un-macadamized, bumpy and pot holed much to the inconvenience of the general public.
The work was taken up by the Urban Environment Engineering Department (UEED) under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) with an estimated cost of around 17 crore rupees.
Several important roads-including KP road, Court Road and roads in Kadipora, Sarnal, Achabal Adda and Bakhshiabad were dug up during the execution of the project.
The work-even though criticized by the insiders in the department for being substandard-was completed, nevertheless, in a month or so by the executing agency.
The dug up roads were earth filled and left like that with main-holes and potholes popping across the length of these roads. The Roads and Buildings department have taken no initiatives so far despite the fact that the UEED has already paid the compensation for digging up of the roads.
The department has let the people suffer and make traffic ever more chaotic in the town, by delaying the restoration work of the roads.
“These are some of the most important roads in the town. Leaving them like this speaks about the apathy of the government and the district administration,” Asif Ahmad, a shopkeeper from Kadipora area of the town told Kashmir Reader.
Other shopkeepers and residents Kashmir Reader talked to said that the R&B department has shown laxity which has left them suffering and fuming over the apathy.
“You can see how dilapidated these roads are. A little drizzle and these potholes get filled with water making these roads all the more un-ply able,” said Waseem Bhat, a shopkeeper from Court road area of the town.
The people of the town say that they have held protests and taken the issue to the concerned authorities time and again but nothing has changed for them, since April this year.
Kashmir Reader talked to Executive Engineer of the R&B in Anantnag, Muhammad Ayub Wani, who said that there was no laxity on their part.
“At least two sites-K P road and Sarnal-Kadipora-the UEED has asked us to wait as they have to carry out some more work,” Wani said, adding that on Mehandi Kadal stretch the executing agency had created a swamp which needs to be taken care of before black topping.
When asked why the other sites have been left like that, Wani said the work will be started on these sites immediately after Eid. He acknowledged that the UEED has already paid the compensation for digging up the roads.