Say links to illegal colonies preferred over key localities
PAMPORE: Residents in Pampore have alleged that the Roads and Building (R&B) department was macadamising links to illegal colonies with minimal households while important localities were being ignored.
The residents told Kashmir Reader that most roads in Pampore were in shambles while R&B department was diverting works to colonies notified illegal by Revenue department.
Residents said that the Revenue department had few days back banned filling of Abi Aawal land in Sheikhul Alam Colony Pampore and banned construction in the area, but the R&B department was macadamising road to the area.
Residents alleged a nexus between officials and the residents of the colony, and demanded an inquiry into the project. They also sought the intervention of Governor into the matter.
The Fallah wa Behbood Committee Pampore (FBC) also lashed out at the R&B division Pampore and asked why key roads like Frestabal, Tulbagh, Kadlabal and Khankahbagh were not macadamised while a road “with least importance” was preferred.
Bashir Ahmad Bhat of FBC told Kashmir Reader that Pampore town has been facing brunt of politicians, “as influential get their wishes fulfilled and the common man has to move from door to door”.
He described the recent macadamisation as an instance of vote bank politics.
R&B has failed completely to improve the poor conditions of roads especially in Frestabal, Khankahbagh, Kadlabal, Degree College road and Tulbagh areas, locals said.
Another resident, Zahoor Ahmad, said that authorities had last year assured to take up works on dozens of roads which are in shambles but nothing of that sort has happened.
The road has developed ditches and potholes at many places in Frestabal making the journey treacherous and risky.
He said that the dust on the roads has caused health problems to inhabitants in Frestabal.
The interior roads of Umar Colony, Sideeque Mohalla, Charyar Park, Masjid Ali Mohalla and Valley Model Road of Frestabal are also in bad condition with deep pits and potholes.
The muddy roads irks the inhabitants more during rainy days. School children face hardships in wet weather as it becomes difficult to walk.
The residents of Frestabal said that officials of R&B have time and again been requested to repair the roads but no steps have been taken so far.
“We again request the concerned authorities to repair the roads of Frestabal Pampore so that inhabitants may not suffer on this account,” Mohammad Ayoub Mir, a resident of Frestabal said.
Assistant Executive Engineer Ashiq Hussain, told Kashmir Reader that he has worked on projects approved by the Chief Engineers office and those recommended by the MLA of the constituency.
He said that only seven kilometres were laid this year in the whole constituency.