Pulwama: Residents of dozen villages in Awantipora area of Pulwama are up in arms against the R&B department for failing to macadamise 9-km road panzgam to Malagpora from many years.
The locals of Panzgam, Chokura, Gulzarpora, Novgam, Ghat Tokun, Baderwan and Malangpora alleges government for step-motherly attitude towards the area. They said the road from Panzgam to Malangpora is in shambles and is dotted with potholes. “We have several times brought the issue in notice of higher authorities but nobody listened to our miseries,” Javid Ahmad Beig, a local resident said.
They said that that it takes them more than an hour to travel eight kilometers of road stretch.
“Due to the bad condition of road we often fail to reach school on time. Now we request the higher authorities to solve our problem,” Basit Ahmad, an undergraduate student of Pulwama college said.
Another local Muhammad Ramzan Naikoo told Kashmir Reader that two years ago authorities promised them that the road will be developed and macadamized in one month.
“But the promise was never fulfilled even after two years we are being ignored on every front,” Naikoo laments.
Executive Engineer Roads and Buildings department Pulwama, Sajad Nauquib told Kashmir Reader that the road has been projected under National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) scheme. “We are expecting their approval very soon and work on the road will be started accordingly,” he said.