Bad conditions of road irks Sopore residents

Srinagar, May 20: The slow pace of work and bad road conditions on Sopore – Shiva road in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district is subjecting locals to face inconvenience.
The residents have expressed resentment over the inordinate delay in completion of the project and pathetic condition of the road.
“The road has developed potholes due to which commuters face a huge inconvenience. Particularly, patients and students,” said Nazir Ahmed, a local resident.
An official from the R&B department said that the up-gradation cum widening work on 24 kilometres long road connecting Sadipora, Dangarpora, Duroo, Sempora and Shiva villages started on March 12, 2017, at an estimated cost of Rs 17.65 crore and will be completed in March 2020.
The residents also allege that the road which connects almost six major villages of the town has affected the business and other activities in the area. “Nobody here knows why they are doing inordinate delay in completing this project,” said Mohammad Akbar, a resident of Duroo village.
“The pathetic road conditions force us to take link roads to reach the Sopore town. Those routes consume more time and fuel as compared to the main road,” he added.
When contacted Junior Engineer R&B Sopore he said that the department is giving its best to complete the project before 2020. “There are some issues with the PHE department and landowners,” adding that they will hopefully complete the project before the given deadline.