Jahangeer Ganaie

8 years on, Syedabad-Wahab sahab road awaits completion

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Pulwama: The residents of Syedabad area of Tral in Pulwama are up in arms against the authorities for its failure to complete the work on Syedabad-Wahab Sahab stretch.

The locals said the work on the road was started some eight years years ago but is yet to be completed.

Locals said that eight kilometer stretch with an estimated cost of around Rs 16 crore was supposed to connect the Syedabad Pastuna area of Tral to Wahab Sahab Shaar of Pampore tehsil of Pulwama.

“The road will be the shortcut way for the people of Tral towards Pampore and it may also reduce the travelling time from Tral to Srinagar as well,” the locals said.

They said that foundation stone of the road was laid in 2015 by then MLA Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and work on the road was started as well.

“But the work on the road was stopped for unknown reasons,” the locals said.

Bashir Ahmad a resident of Pastuna said that no work has been done on the road for the last seven years.

“People of the area have been waiting for completion of this vital project but the department has left the project midway,” he said.

He said the completion of the road will prove beneficial for the over dozens of villages and will help in bringing this picturesque area on the Tourism map.

“We brought this issue in notice of concerned authorities several times but to no avail,” the locals said.

They urged the higher ups to look to the matter at an earliest so that locals can heave a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, an official said the forest department raised objections on execution of work and did not provide NOC for construction of this road.

“But our department has submitted a new DPR of around 26 crore for construction of this road which hasn’t been approved yet,” he said.

He said the construction of the road will be started once the new DPR gets approved by the government.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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