Umaisar Gull Ganie
Qazigund, Mar 16: The shambles roads in Qazigund area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district are putting a question mark over the development claims of the administration as the residents here continue to face immense hardships due to the potholed condition of majority of the roads.
According to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the residents of various Qazigund areas said that most of the roads in the area are in dilapidated conditions as they have not be repaired since long.
As per official details, these roads are falling under the supervision of National Highway 444 and Roads Building departments.
The locals said that authorities have failed to undertake macadamization process in these roads over past many years.
Kund Qazigund road project which was initiated by R&B now project forwarded to National Highway 444 has turned into shambles. Another road from Bonigam to Lammer has also turned worst and is not fit for driving, the locals said.
“The patients, women and students are suffering badly due to the shabby road as it remains filled with water at many places. During dry spell, dust engulfs the whole village and during rains, this road completely turns into a muddy drain. It becomes impossible for people to walk on it,” Advocate Shah Aahiq Hussain, a civil society member told—KNO.
“The non-seriousness of the administration in repairing the roads is posing a grave risk to the lives of patients who travel towards hospitals besides it has affected the normal life and people refrain from travelling through Qazigund Kulgam stretch and other like stretches,” reads the memorandum submitted by the civil society Devsar Kulgam on Friday.
While talking to –KNO, a local Taveera driver, Nawaz Ahmad Ganie, who ferries passengers from Qazigund to Kund on daily basis said, “We have to face a lot of problems due to the bad condition of Kund road. Our vehicles suffer damage to the extent that we have to repair them once every month.”
Executive Engineer R&B Division Qazigund, Basharat Jaleel told—KNO that fund of 30 Crore has been approved by the higher ups, adding that they have forwarded the project to higher authorities of National Highway 444.
“Within short period of time, the roads will be macadamized,” he said.