Constructed in 1996, govt forgets to mecadamise road in Beerwah
Budgam: Believe it or not, but a link road in Beerwah area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district has not been mecadamised since 1996.
The link road which starts from Mullashula Beerwah and gets connected to the main road Beerwah -Budgam has never been mecadamised since its construction.
As per official reports the road was constructed in 1996 after funds for the same were alloted by the then MLA Beerwah Aga syed Mehmood from his constituency development fund.
According to officials, the link road is approximately 3 Kilometer long and is the only route for the commuters of Mullashulla to reach to their district or Tehsil headquarter.
“The government promised to us several times that the road will be mecadamised but since its construction no government came forward to take any effective measures,” said Anayat Hussain, a local resident.
As per the official records, the road has been upgraded twice. The officials put layers of stones but they did not mecadamised the road to make it usable for the commuters.
“We are lacking all the basic facilities and repeatedly government fails to fulfill these basic needs that the residents have been demanding since the past many years now. Due to the shabby condition of road, it takes us half an hour to reach the main road which is just three kilometers away from the village,” Bashir Ahmad, another local resident said.
“In case of any medical emergency, it becomes very hectic and problematic for us to take the patients to the nearby district hospital,” he added.
According to locals the main reason for the road turning into a dilapidated condition is that a stream is flowing alongside the road.
“This water stream overflows at many points causing potholes in the road. We requested the concerned departments several times to maintain the stream so that the water does not overflow from it and damage the road, but no one is listening to our pleas,” added Bashir Ahmad.
When contacted, a senior official from the Roads and Buildings department said that the road will have to wait for some more time before it is mecadamised.
“At least 80 percent of the roads in Beerwah constituency have been mecadamized so far and we are trying our best to cover the pending roads. As per our plan, the said road will also be mecadamized with in next two years,” Abdul Qayoom, Assistant Executive Engineer R&B Beerwah, told ‘Kashmir Vision’.
Though the government is least bothered to get the road mecadamised but the road link can serve an alternative route to reach Srinagar as commuters can use the link to travel via Soibug, HMT towards Zainakote.
“The road if mecadamised can reduce a distance of at least 12 kms for commuters who travel to Srinagar on daily basis. Besides, a huge population comprising of at least 60,000 souls can be benefitted and it can work out to be an approach road to Nadigam railway halt,” said, Ansar Hussain, another local.