PAHALGAM: Amid the government’s tall claims of its having provided better road connectivity to the Valley’s health resorts, Seer Hapatnad road falling in Pahalgam constituency is in a dilapidated condition, having turned into a virtual swimming pool because of the ditches and holes it has developed, causing tremendous inconvenience to commuters, particularly students and employees to reach their respective destinations.
This road connects nearly 10 villages, like Mangam, Salia, Panzmulla, Brad and Hapatnad, to the main town, and the residents have to face lot of hardships to reach their respective destinations despite the assurances given by the concerned authorities and the area MLA.
The residents alleged that the bad condition of this road is creating problems for children, pregnant women and elders during the rainy season as this road supports a huge population and connects ten villages to Anantnag town.
The residents of the said area alleged that the officials of the concerned department have given a tender for the repair of this road to a man who is irresponsible but politically influential as he has started the repair work on this road one year ago but not even ditches and holes have been repaired so far. This has brought continuous sufferings to the residents, especially when they have to ferry patients to the district hospital.
Chief Engineer R&B, Kashmir, Sami Arif said, “We are not only repairing the road but also widening it and planting underground pipes for proper drainage – that consumes a lot of time. The residents should keep patience, no doubt the public is worst hit, but we are leaving no stone unturned to repair this road as soon as possible.”
“People are complaining about the problems they are facing, but at the same time they need to understand that we have put both machinery and man power in progress to ensure the speedy repairing of this road and macadamise it in a short time,” he added.
“The bridge at Manigam crumbled down nearly a year ago. Soon after, two junior engineers (JEs) were suspended, and two most honest JEs, namely Laeeq Ahmad and Iftikhar, were brought to the job, but both were wiped away as the contractor concerned could make it up with these honest officers,” said Rayaz Ahmad Wani, a local resident.
“As a result, the public is the worst hit as the bridge stands incomplete till date. The public is demanding the urgent completion of the bridge and thereadjustment of the two honest officers,” he added.
The residents added that the previous government had also assured them that this road would be repaired, “but the situation is still unchanged as the problems like non-maintenance of roads and water pipes, development of ditches and holes on the major part of the road have not yet been addressed. The condition has worsened in the said area as the concerned authorities are turning us a deaf ear,” said Aijaz Ahmad, another local.
Passenger vehicles have also suffered damages due to the bad condition of the road. “Our vehicles have incurred heavy damages. Majority of the drivers avoid plying their vehicles on this road, and as a result, the passengers have to bear the brunt,” said a driver, M Shafi.
The residents appealed to concerned authorities to intervene in the matter to help the residents to overcome from this problem they are worst hit at an earliest.