Pampore roads punctured by manholes, locals demand for covering them

Pampore: A number of uncovered manholes on a pavement along Jammu Srinagar National Highway in Saffron town Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district is turning as an eyesore commuters.
Local residents from Pampore informed that three uncovered manholes in Kadlabal locality is causing huge inconvenience to commuters.
Manzoor Ahmad, a local Shopkeeper, told Kashmir Reader that a pavement over a large drain following along National Highway in Kadlabal Chowk was broken by officials of concerned department after it was choked some years ago.
” They left the manhole unattended since then which is posing a risk to commuters,” he said, adding that it is a busy road treaded by hundreds of commuters each day particularly students.
” Few time back a minor student stumbled near the manhole and had a miraculous escape,” he told, adding that they requested authorities for covering the manhole but all in vain.
Another local told Kashmir Reader that one more manhole on the same pavement around 25 steps away is also irking commuters.
He said that another uncovered manhole on the other side endanger lives of commuters.
He told that they asked authorities for covering the manholes but their pleas fell to deaf ears.
” We also raised this issue through local media but till date no cognizance was taken,” the resident said.
When Kashmir Reader brought this issue into the notice of administration they visited the spot and assured to cover the manholes.
” I visited the spot in Kadlabal Chowk and noticed a large manhole on a road managed by R and B,” President Munciple Committee Pampore, Mohammad Yaqoob Malik told Kashmir Reader.
He assured that within a couple of days the broken pavement will be repaired.
” I talked to AEE R and B Pampore and he assured me that within next three days the pavement will be repaired,” he said.
The other road is controlled by Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED).
” I will also talk to them,” he said.

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