Macadamization plan falls flat in Tral

No Road In Township Fully Macadamised This Year

IRFAN AMIN MALIK
Tral (Pulwama), Publish Date: Oct 21 2017 12:33AM | Updated Date: Oct 21 2017 12:33AM
Macadamization plan falls flat in TralFile Photo

The tall claims by the PDP-BJP government on improving the road network in rural areas fall flat in Tral township of district Pulwama where no road was fully macadamised this year. 

The locals complained that they were facing difficulties due to poor road condition in the area. “And, this condition is not now going to change at least till May 2018 as the state government recently ordered suspension of macadamisation work in Kashmir from October 15.”

Two major road links—Tral-Nowdal and Tral-Dardsara which connect Tral with rest of the Valley are in bad condition while the administration have failed to take remedial measures, locals complained.

They said the construction work on main roads—Tral-Nowdal and Tral-Dardsara was started in May 2017. “The public works department could not complete the project within six months leaving eight kilo meter patch in middle of 20 km road stretch unmacadamized,” they said.

“Our roads present a classic example of government indifference towards the development of this area. The incomplete road stretch causes lot of inconvenience to the people of the area. The leftover patch is not suitable for vehicular movement as the road has not been repaired or macadamized for past about 8 years,” said Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh a local.

Besides the main roads, the other link and interconnected roads in the town are also in a shamble. Locals said the government’s tall claims of providing proper road connectivity to rural areas have proved a joke.

Link roads connecting remote rural hamlets with sub-district headquarter, including Amirabad, Shahabad, Diver, Dhobiwan, Kuchmullah, Lurgam, Nader, Pinglish, Arigam, Bathnoor, and other areas continue to be neglected, the locals said.

They lamented that they were hopeful that government under the leadership of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, will improve the condition of roads in Tral. “However, nothing substantial has been done so far in this regard.”

Even the shopkeepers in the area complained of slump in business due to poor condition of roads. “Our business has deeply suffered as people prefer to avoid travel on dilapidated roads,” a shopkeeper at main bus stand Tral said.

When contacted chief engineer R&B Kashmir Abdul Hamid Sheikh told Greater Kashmir that the work on the roads yet to be covered will begin next year. 

“We have to construct the roads in three year phase and we are completing these projects in just two years,” he claimed.