By: Jahangeer Ganaie
Srinagar: Several vital roads in Shopian district are in dilapidated conditions as authorities have failed to repair them on time, locals alleged.
The locals said that several roads including Chitragam-Sugan road, Zainapora-Aglar road, Hajipora-Wasawhalan road and Babapora-Watchi road have been in a very bad shape for many years now.
The residents of Sugan, Dragad, Heffkhuri, Maldera, Chitragam and its adjacent areas said that Chitragam-Sugan road has not been macadmised from the last several years due to which locals- mainly patients and the aged people have to suffer a lot.
They added that the condition of the road is so bad that it is difficult to move by foot on this road.
Meanwhile, the locals from Aglar, Darbagh, Nikloora and its adjacent areas also said that Zainapora-Aglar road is in very bad condition and needs to be macadmised at an earliest.
Locals from Hajipora, Chotigam, Wasawhalan and its adjacent areas said that this vital road was macadamized around ten years before and since then no attention is being given towards the road.
The locals accused the government of neglecting the area for too long now and requested them to look into the matter.
Locals from Watchi, Safanagri and Babapora areas also alleged that authorities have failed to repair and macadamise the main road in the area despite macadamisation being sanctioned for the road even last year.
Commenting on the bad condition of the roads, Assistant Executive Engineer, Roads and Buildings Department-Sub Division Zainapora, Nisar Ahmad, said that all four roads are in a plan of repair this year.
“Some roads will be fully macadamized while patches of some roads where condition is bad will be macadamised this year,” he said.
He said that the macadamisation process is going on in the district and very soon all the roads will be macadamized. (KNO)