Locals slam ‘criminal negligence’ of elected representatives, demand reconstruction of road
Budgam: The three kilometre road connecting Churpora with Aarath here in Narbal block of central Kashmir’s Budgam district is in dilapidated condition since years, creating hardships for commuters. Being the only road connecting these villages, its condition is getting from bad to worse and gets frequently waterlogged. The people of the area said the apathy of the elected representatives was the reason behind the poor condition of the road.
“We have been choosing our political representatives with the hope that they would reconstruct the only link road to their villages, but nobody cares after elections,” said Bilal Khan, a local.
He said during 2014 elections, the people of the area supported National Conference (NC) candidate Aga Rohullah but the road is still in pathetic state.
“We suffer a lot while shifting patients to hospitals. It has become a daunting task. Many a times, patients have died and women gave birth to babies while failing to reach hospitals on time,” Bilal told Kashmir Reader adding that the schoolchildren suffer even more heavily as they frequently become victims of road accidents.
A group of womenfolk told Kashmir Reader that fetching water from stream along the main road has become a challenging task particularly in winters as it is scary to cross the waterlogged road which has even developed minor potholes.
“We also get stuck on roadsides with water buckets as the moving vehicles sprinkle mud and dirty water,” Raja, a local, said. “This consumes a lot of time and energy.”
The locals said the government’s failure to ensure basic facilities for citizens is tantamount to “criminal negligence”.
They have urged the Governor S P Malik to mitigate their sufferings by ordering reconstruction of the road.
The Executive Engineer R&B Budgam Asghar Ali Watali said he will look into the matter.
“We took the issue (of the road) in consideration last year but due to some reasons couldn’t make any progress in this regard,” Watali told Kashmir Reader adding that the necessary repairing of the road would be done in March and if weather was favourable, it would be done earlier.