Village lacks amenities, road in terrible state
KUNZER: Travelling on the road linking Harde-Aboora area with Gulabdaji in Karhama Tehsil in northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district has become difficult as it is riddled with potholes for want of repairs for the last two decades.
The residents of Gulabdaji, Haripora, Brannar and other villages told Kashmir Reader that the road served as a lifeline for them, besides being used by the fruit growers to export their products.
Mohammad Altaf Bhat, Nambardar of Gulabdaji village said the road built in late nineties was macadamised in 2000 for the first and last time.
“The road has now developed potholes as no repair had been carried out on it since 2000. The sitting MLA, Mohammad Abass Wani promised during his election campaign in 2014 to repair the road but failed to fulfill his promise till date,” Bhat said.
Bhat said the political administration and officials should sanction funds for repair and widening of the road to end the plight of the residents.
Another resident, Mohammad Ashraf said shifting patients to hospitals in these villages has become a daunting task.
“Our patients die and women give birth to babies on this bumpy road,” lamented Ashraf.
He said schoolchildren have to travel miles on foot as the road was not fit for vehicular traffic. The four-kilometer stretch, he said, has became a menace.
“The road has two kilometers of hill and it has turned into a flood channel with two to three feet potholes on it,” Ashraf said.
He said when someone to build a house in the area they have to carry construction material on shoulders up to miles.
“Many delegations from our area met the concerned officials, SDM Tangmarg, DC Baramulla, and concerned MLA and apprised them of our plight, but they were unmoved and paid deaf ear to our pleas,” he added.
The residents also complained about shortage of basic necessities in the area. The village of about 450 families lacks a basic health unit and a high school for girls or boys.
Most girl students, villagers said, had to abandon studies after completing primary education due to lack of a middle or high school in the locality.
They added that most patients are taken either to Poshker or Tangmarg hospital due to absence of any medical facility in the village. Assistant Executive Engineer Gulmarg Development Authority, Farooq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader said that the macadamisation work has been tendered out with project cost of 9 crore.
“The contractor was busy with macadamisation and has finished now. He will start work on this project from coming Saturday,” Farooq added.
However, Executive Engineer GDA Bashir Ahmad, said a proposal sent to higher ups was awaiting approval. He expressed ignorance about tendered out work.
The contractor named by the AEE also expressed ignorance about the tender.