Locals block Bandipora-Sopore road in protest against R&B dept

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Bandipora: Locals on Friday blocked Sopore-Bandipora highway in this north Kashmir district against the alleged failure of the roads and buildings (R&B) department to macadamize a vital road link.

Dozens of residents assembled near the Kaloosa bridge and blocked it for vehicular traffic to protest the apathy of the R&B department, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. The protesters alleged that the department has ignored the vital road at Muslimabad by leaving the macadamization midway.

They alleged that the “department has instead resorted to the macadamization of lanes and by-lanes of the few influential people and bureaucrats living in the vicinity.”

The protesting people said that road ignored is vital given that it is used as an alternative route to divert traffic during rush hours.

Scores of vehicles were stranded on the road when this report was filed.