R&B deptt leaves 4km road work half done in Tral, villagers fume

Srinagar, Jun 28: Started in 2017, the work on just 4 Km stretch road of various Tral Villages has been left incomplete with R&B authorities showing no signs of urgency to take the project to its completion. The ‘half baked’ task of the department has left hundreds of people in these villages in utter difficulties and there is nobody who is willing to even listen to them.
With the works on excavation of Sheikh Baqir Ziyarat Road from Dar Ganie Gund to Sofigund of Tral villages remaining incomplete even after nearly 2 years, the people are an inconvenienced lot as the incomplete work is hindering public movement on this road.
“The construction work on this Road was taken up in a hurry after the Assembly polls, But when the Govt collapsed ,the contractor, for unknown reasons, stopped the works midway, which has been causing a lot of inconvenience to pedestrians and the transporters alike”, a delegation of people from Sofigund said.
They added that, the road was dug up for underground drainage works and the mud excavated has been left uncleared which has resulted in huge mounds of mud piling up along the road, causing hindrance to pedestrian and vehicular movement.
“The incomplete works is also posing threat to school children and women as the road passes through mountainous area. It is also posing some health problems as the underground drainage along the road is broken at some points, with channel water which is leaking from the sides by to the road, causing unbearable pungent smell”. Said villagers of Dar Ganie Gund said.
“All the people of this village especially women and we students are facing immense hardships due to potholes and plethora rocks on this road”, claimed a group of students.
According to locals, the work was started in 2017 but soon after the earth cutting , the work came to sudden halt, forcing them to approach authorities but to no avail.
“People particularly patients and the students are facing immense hardships due to the potholes and plethora of rocks on this road, which gives tough time to them.
It is very unfortunate that concerned department has increased our miseries as the road is in dilapidated condition and is giving very much tough time to us while travelling on it,” Local Auqaf Committee of Sofigund village said.”
The locals have appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to order an enquiry and said the local R& B division was not listening to them despite their repeated attempts.
Meanwhile, Zahoor Ahmad, AEE R&B when contacted, refused to speak on the issue and dropped the phone when repeatedly asked for his word on the issue. (RNA)