The widening of one and a half kilometer Parimpora-Qamawari road stretch is apparently waiting for its completion ever since work on it started in 2010.
Locals told Kashmir Life that the road has of late turned out to be cause of ‘glaring’ problems. “Though no dismantling of property or shops took place while widening this road stretch, but the work is yet to complete from last three years,” Shabir Wani, a local told Kashmir Life.
Significantly, Roads and Building department (R&B) is executing the project, but the officials in R&B concerned to this project decline to comment on the matter saying only higher officials are entitled to give details in this case. “Talk to chief engineer, I can’t comment on this issue,” an engineer associated with the project said.
In between apparent public grievances and official inertia, the road stretch has developed scores of craters, besides water has logged at many places and dust cover has gripped the area.
”The department has till date only built concrete dividers on the road and road side foot paths. Power development department has also not completed the replacement of electric poles,” Riyaz Khan, a local informed.
Many locals allege that dilapidated plight of road has caused many health related problems to the adjoining shopkeepers and locals. “The incessant dust emanating from the road has infected me. I was bed ridden for 22 days and still under medical supervision,” Abdul Rashid, a mask wearing shopkeeper, told Kashmir Life. “Our children have fallen prey to this official apathy. Every now and then our children get ill.”