Pulwama: People in more than half-a-dozen villages here in Pulwama district continue to suffer due to the pathetic condition of the main road connecting these villages to other parts of the district.
Even the public transporters shun these areas, for plying vehicles on the route is an absolute nightmare.
The road starts from Pahoo village on the Pulwama-Gaelandar road and advances through places like Badibagh, Hassanwani, Shubdanji, Kawoosibagh and Gudoora.
The stretch is more than seven kilometres long and has not been macadamized in ages.
“The residents in the area lament that despite repeated complaints to the authorities, nothing has been done in this regard,” Mohammad Iqbal, a resident of Shubdanji village, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the public transporters have long since shunned the route and hardly ply it for the fear of damaging their vehicles.
“We have to often walk on these seven kilometres, for the transport service is non-existent,” another resident, Amir Ali, told Kashmir Reader.
The condition of the road is so pathetic that it takes around half an hour to travel the seven kilometres by motor vehicle.
Same is the condition of another connecting road from Badibagh to Hakripora, which is around five kilometres.
“You can see how big the potholes are and they are almost always water logged, making it even harder to walk along the track,” residents lament.
The residents say they have been moving from pillar to post to lodge complaints, but the authorities remain unmoved.
“From politicians to the R&B Department officials, the CM’s grievance cell and what not, we have tried everything. We feel they have forgotten people live in this area,” the residents say.
The Roads and Buildings (R&B) officials acknowledge that the condition of the road is bad, to say the least.
“This is the only road in Pulwama which was not covered in any of the road building programmes in the last few years,” Executive Engineer, R&B Pulwama, Sajad Naqueeb told Kashmir Reader.
He said that a proposal is being made so that the road gets funds sanctioned under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
“We are working towards that. Hopefully we will get a sanction soon,” Naqueeb said.
He added that the Badibagh to Hakripora road has already been sanctioned under NABARD and that work will soon commence on it.