Shamsipora-Vehil road in Shambles; Locals decry apathy

Shopian: The residents of Shamsipora, Vehil and adjoining areas of Shopian district on Saturday protested against the deplorable condition of Vehil-Nehama road, which connects 30 villages with Kulgam and Shopian District headquarters.

The deplorable condition of Vehil-Nehama road is troubling the local residents who ridiculed the official lethargy and step-motherly treatment to the area.

Residents of Shamsipora said that the road in the area is rutted and dotted with potholes. “Due to the bad condition of the road, the transporters avoid plying on the road compelling villagers to walk by foot to reach respective destinations,” a local resident said.

According to locals of Nehama, the road was macadamised and repaired a long time back. “Due to the terrible condition of road, the seven to ten minute journey of eight kilometers from Vehil to Nehama takes 40 minutes, ” Aqib Ganie, a 12th class student from the area, said.

The residents alleged that they have brought the issue into the notice of the concerned time and again, however, the officials have turned deaf ear to their pleas.

“Employees and students of the area fail to make to their work places and educational institutions in time as the public transport barely plies on this dilapidated road,” Bashir Ahmad, a government employee from the area said.

The officials said that there was no chance of immediate repairs of the road. “Work on Vehil-Nihama road will start after the approval of funds from ministry,” Executive Engineer, Roads and buildings department said.

He said that they have already submitted proposal of the macadamisation of the road to the concerned authorities.

 

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