Srinagar, March 20 (KINS): The four kilometer road passing through Moominabad, Papibal, Chichripora, Kamad, Ugjan and Dialgam areas in Anantnag district has been encroached upon by the locals.
As per the records of the Roads and Buildings Department, the road is 35 feet in width but the encroachments by the local populace has reduced it to 11 feet. “The compensation to the locals has been given decades back for the widening of this vital road link, which connects main town Anantnag from Ashajipora to Vessu area with the national highway. The illegal construction by the locals has literally caused bottle necks. Two trucks can’t pass at a time on this road. The locals have erected boundary walls, shops and other structures narrowing the main road with proper knowledge of this matter to the department,” said a local.
At lane number three in Moominabad inner locality, a contractor has raised a three storey building, in Papibal area adjacent to a drain.
Many locals blame the officials for turning a blind eye towards the construction of a three storey building on government land in Papibal. They say the officials from both R&B Department and Municipal Council are hand in glove with the contractor for raising the structure illegally.
Assistant Executive Engineer, R@B Division, Anantnag Anantnag Division, Abdul Rashid Rah admitted that there are encroachments on several roads but said he was unaware about this particular matter though.
“I have to check about Mominabad Kamad road. If there are any such violations through Kamad Sadura road, I will look into this issue without any delay,” he told Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
Executive Officer Municipal Council Anantnag Mohammed Ismail said if any such building has been constructed illegally in their jurisdiction, “we will certainly take action”.