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Nine years on, Tral-Wahab Sahab road awaits completion

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Pulwama: The residents of Tral and Khrew areas in Pulwama have expressed resentment against the administration for failing to restart work on Syedabad-Wahab Sahab strech, which was initiated nine years back.

Locals from both these hamlets said that eight kilometer stretch with an estimated cost of around 16 crore rupees, was supposed to connect the Syedabad Pastuna area of Tral to Wahab Sahab Shaar of Pampore tehsil of Pulwama district.

They said that the road will prove a shortcut route for the people of Tral towards Pampore, besides it may also reduce the travelling time from Tral to Srinagar as well and vice versa.

The locals said that the foundation stone of the road was laid in year 2015 by then MLA Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and accordingly work on the road was started and due to unknown reasons it was later stopped.

Ghulam Ahmad Mir, a resident of Pastuna said since nine years no work has been done on the road and people of the area have been waiting for completion of this vital project which is going to connect Tral directly with Khrew Pampore bypassing Awantipora.

He added that with the completion of this stretch, people of over dozen villages will get benefited and it will help in bringing this picturesque area on Tourism map.

Locals said that they have brought this issue into the notice of concerned authorities several times but to no avail.

They said that work on road was put on halt long back and there is effort undertaken to resume the work again.

The local residents have once again requested the higher ups to look to the matter at an earliest so that locals can heave a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, officials claimed that earlier the forest department wasn’t giving NOC for construction of this road and later the department has submitted new DPR of around 26 crore for construction of this road which is yet to be approved.

He said once the project is approved, construction of the road will start again.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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