Delay In Bandipora-Srinagar Road Macdamisation: MLA, DC Blame BEACON

Bandipora: The locals of Bandipora and adjoining areas have alleged that the work on Srinagar-Bandipora road was started in the year 2011 but till date only 20 kilometres from Shalteng to Sumbal Bridge have been completed.

The locals alleged that the government macadamized Shalteng-Sumbal road only. “The macadamization was done for Amarnath Yatra which takes Shalteng-Sumbal-Ganderbal route to reach Sonamarg.”

The commuters accused the authorities for not maintaining the road and showing apathy over this issue.

Meanwhile, talking to Kashmir Observer, Praveen Koshy, the Commanding Officer of BEACON said, “Macadamization of Bandipora-Sumbal will start in the month of April this year.”

Koshy said, “Work on the road was halted due to ‘summer uprising’ of 2016.”

“Drainage system for the road was important as rain water along with the mud accumulates on the road due to which road was damaged previously. We have almost completed the process and have expanded the road at many places and from April this year, we will start the macadamization process and hopefully it will be complete by the end of 2017,” he said.

Koshay, however, added that at Saderkoot area, which is presently looking “like a fish pond” can’t be repaired “because of the stone quarrying”.

“The continuous quarrying results in landslides and shooting stones due to which the patch is in pathetic condition; we have taken-up the issue with Deputy Commissioner and hopefully it will be resolved,” he added.

Due to pathetic condition of the road, students and employees face immense hardships to reach their destinations.

The commuters accused the authorities for not maintaining the road.

“Doctors have advised pregnant women not to travel on the road as it may prove dangerous for them,” a local said.

“We refer patients to Srinagar in emergency cases, so it is important for them to reach the hospital in time but due to bad condition of the road, it takes more the 3 hours to reach Srinagar that can prove dangerous for both mother and baby,” said CMO Bandipora, Dr Bilquees Firdous.

Dr Bilquees added, “There are many chances that both mother and baby can die due to sudden jerks in the vehicle.”

Many passengers have also complained of back pain and disc problems due to bad conditions of the road.

“The backbone consists of multiple bones and joints and is designed to remain stable and, at the same time, also flexible. Over a period of time, these joints start to wear out and if subjected to multiple jerks, can cause problem,” said an Orthopeadician.

Both the MLA and Deputy Commissioner of the district blame BEACON authorities for the delay.

“The BEACON is working on their own will, they don’t follow our instructions and we are helpless,” said Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajjad Hussain.

Congress Lawmaker representing Bandipora while talking to the Kashmir Observer said, “I have requested the Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs that the project should be handed over to the R&B immediately as the BEACON is unaccountable

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