Ajas-Bandipora Highway Dotted With Potholes, Locals Seek Intervention

Bandipora: The travel on 10 kilometer long Bandipora-Ajas highway has become arduous and cumbersome for passengers as the road is dotted with potholes.

“The frequent travelers on the route have started facing serious backache and other health problems as the drivers many times hit these potholes on high speed,” the Bandipora residents said, adding that many persons had been advised by doctors not to undertake the journey as it would aggravate their problem.

Not only this stretch, the inhabitants of Nadihal, Papachan and Nasoou areas of district on Thursday have complained that the road in their areas is in shambles.

Locals, while complaining about the issue, told news a agency that the people of the areas are facing immense hardships due to the dilapidated road condition which is passing through their area and connecting with the main market Bandipora.

They said the road from Nadihal connecting with main market was in pathetic condition especially at Nasoou and Papachan from many years and is dotted with potholes causing difficulties for the commuters.

The locals also accused the administration of failing to macadamize the vital road.

“The roads have craters and during rains, the driving becomes difficult and risky,” Masroor Ahmad, a local said, adding that patients and students are the worst hit and often reach their destinations late.

“Although the road was developed over the years but is waiting for macadamisation for the last one year,” Basit, a local from Papachan said.

The locals demanded that the concerned officials must take note of the grievance and issue necessary directions in this regard.

Executive Engineer R&B Bandipora Ab Qayoom said that due to paucity of funds, the work on the stretch was delayed. He, however, assured that they are going to start the blacktopping on the stretch as soon as possible.  (KNO)

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