SHOPIAN: Residents of Shamsipora and adjoining villages in Vehil belt of South Kashmir are protesting the deplorable condition of the connecting road that passes through the area. Villagers said that many small village roads have been developed and macadamised from time to time but work on the road connecting these villages with the rest of world was always abandoned.
“A small rain shower leads to make vehicles break down or get stranded for hours due to the condition of the road,” Aaqib Ahmad Ganie, a local resident, said.
Villagers said that they have brought the issue to the notice of the higher authorities umpteen times but their repeated requests have gone unheard and the condition of road is worsening day by day.
Locals from the area said that apart from being a bumpy stretch, dotted with potholes, the road is too narrow for even two light motor vehicles to pass at the same time.
Villagers also claim that the authorities recently despatched two trucks of gravel for filling potholes on the three-kilometre stretch. “This is just an eye wash. How can they develop a three-kilometre road with just two lorries of rivulet gravel?” asked Bashir Ahmad, another local, while saying that widening and macadamisation of the said road were urgent.
Executive Engineer Roads and Buildings Department, Shopian, Zahoor Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the funds for the development of the road have been released. “We can’t put black coating on it due to the minus temperature,” he said adding that the work on it will be started soon.