12 years on, PMGSY fails to complete works on 4 KM road in Tral
Pulwama: Even after lapse of over 12 years, the government has failed to complete a 4 km road under the PMGSY scheme in Tral belt of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Locals from Lalpora, Nagpathri, Origund, Wazul Kulnad, Zadikhuer, Wedar Mohalla and its adjacent areas in Tral area said that in 2012 a road link from Lalpora to Wazul Kulnad was sanctioned under PMGSY.
They said soon after it was sanctioned, work was started on it, however, after 2012 the road has never been macadamised even though the same was approved with the construction of the road.
“Since this is the only road link available for us to travel and stay connected with the rest of the district, we face lot of hardships while commuting,” Nisar Ahmad, a local resident said.
Abdul Salaam, another local resident said that even during the first phase on construction of the road some steep slopes and blind curves were left out due to which road isn’t motorable.
He said that after several protests the road was repaired at some slopes and one blind curve, however, most of them are still yet to be repaired.
Irfan Ahmad, another local said that despite repeated promises by political leaders and officers, the road is lying in a very bad condition and thousands of people living in this area are suffering badly.
“If macadamisation of the road was also sanctioned in 2008 why authorities are yet to macadamise it even after a lapse of more than 12 years,” he added.
When contacted, Assistant Executive Engineer, PMGSY Sub division Tral Shabir Ahmad said that road was to be constructed in two phases and after completing of phase one, a central team visited the spot and gave an adverse report about the road because of some blind curves falling along the road stretch.
“Now we have taken up this issue again with concerned authorities and even last month Chief Engineer PMGSY also visited the spot,” he said.
The official said that hopefully the road will repaired during this year only and will be macadamised during the next summer season.