Residents of Aarath Narbal of Central Kashmir's Budgam district are up in arms against the Roads and Buildings department for failing to repair/macadamize Aarath Narbal link road for more than a decade.
Several residents expressed their anguish and accused R&B of showing a lackadaisical approach in repairing and macadamizing Aarath Narbal link road.
A local villager, Fayaz Ahmad told Rising Kashmir, despite being a centrally located village, the authorities have failed to provide them with macadamized roads.
“Aarath village in Tehsil Narbal is just 17 kilometres away from the summer capital Srinagar, owing to dilapidated conditions of its roads, it seems a far-flung area,” he said.
Another local Danish Aafaqi said the road was macadamized some 20 years before since then no one from the concerned authorities came to see the dilapidated condition of the road.
“Constant rain for one or two days turns the road into a stream, thus we face lots of hardships particularly in winters,” he said, adding that accumulated water in the potholes of the road causes water to splash by small vehicular movement thus causing trouble to the pedestrians and shopkeepers.”
Aarath village has a dense population consisting of more than six hundred households, said another resident Indallah.
According to locals, several politicians had visited the village from time to time for votes and assuring innocent villagers for redressing their grievances.
“But, after coming into power they always forget their promises and never return to the area,’’ they said.
The villagers said when the R&B is macadamizing other roads in the district then why their village is being neglected.
“Aarath is the most neglected part of Budgam constituency,” they alleged.
The locals of Aarath village appealed to Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha for his intervention into the issue.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Executive Engineer R&B Budgam, Asgar Ali Watali said, allotment of one-kilometre macadamization has been approved for Aarath road.
“Macadamisation of the road shall start within few days,” he said.