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Decades on, construction of Tral-Pahalgam road continues to remain a distant dream

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Pulwama: The much awaited Pahalgam-Tral road has failed to take off as authorities have shown least interest to construct the road, local residents alleged.

They said that the residents of Lihindajan, Walarhama, Sallar, Kular, Liver and it’s adjacent areas in Pahalgam belt and Bugmud, Karmulla, Panner, Mandoora, Bhatnoor and its adjacent areas in Tral belt have been demanding constriction of a road tp connect these villages.

“Though successive governments promised them that the road stretch will be constructed as it will be the shortest road between these areas, however on ground nothing happened,” the residents said.

They said that just nine kilometre road needs to be constructed from Bhatnoora in Tral to Lehandajan in Pahalgam to connect the two vast areas.

They said that this route can be later used as an alternative route for Amarnaath Yatra also.

The residents said that if the road will be constructed the distance between Tral and Pahalgam will be curtailed to several kilometers only as against the more than 90 kilometer road that is to be travelled for travelling from Tral to Pahalgam.

Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Bugmud said that the locals residents have been taking up this issue with each and every official but on ground no concrete steps are being taken.

“Road connectivity will help the people of both districts to get connected and will help these economically backward areas to earn their livelihood as connectivity will increase tourism flow in the area,” Yasir Hammed, a student from the area said.

The residents of both the areas requested higher ups to look into the matter and start work on this stretch immediately so that residents of both districts can heave a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, officials said that they are well aware of the road stretch and efforts are on get its approval as soon as possible.

They added that the R&B department has already submitted DPR and the estimated cost of the road is 29 crore rupees, however, they are waiting to get NOC from the forest department as well.

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