Poor road connectivity affects local life in Baramulla

August 8th, 2010 - 7:34 pm ICT by ANI  

By Afzal Bhat

Garkote (Jammu and Kashmir), Aug 8 (ANI): Poor road connectivity in the Garkote region of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district has disrupted normal life.

Villagers have to walk over 15 kilometers to reach the nearest town of Uri.

Due to the pathetic condition, no vehicle ever goes to the Garkote and other villages in the region.

“Public conveyance is minimum. If someone dies here or someone is ill or a delivery case, then taking them to the Tehsil or district headquarters is very difficult,” said Irshad Ahmad, a student.

Vehicles such as Tata Sumos ply in the region at times but the transportation costs are very high for a poor labourer to travel by it.

“The locals here are poor labourers, they are unable to pay such high rates for the car and the children are unable to reach school. If the road is made and the government gives a vehicle for transportation, then people and the children will benefit from it,” said Sammah, a local.

Taj Mohi-Ud-Din, the lawmaker of Uri and Minister of Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control, said that such developments take place gradually and he ensured traffic would be able to commute in the region in another year.

Mohi-Ud-Din was the person who laid the foundation stone for the construction of the road.

“I wish that the people who live in far off places have the same rights that the people who live in the cities have. But this will only take place gradually and won’t happen instantly because we have limited sources. We will try to help them through the central government’s grant, Prime Minister’s Fund and other things,” said Mohi-Ud-Din.

“I do sympathise with the people of that area and believe that we will be able to make it suitable for vehicular traffic. I can’t call it black topping but to make it useful for traffic so that cars such as Sumo, light and other medium vehicles are able to reach there,” he added.

Locals also say that the contractors mismanage the funds meant for constructing the roads and they come and leave within few days without completing the work. (ANI)

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