Umar Malik

Four years on, the development of Shopian-Bejbrahara road at nowhere, hundreds of villages in the region face tough times due to deplorable condition of this vital 25 kilometer road.

The funds for the development of roads were sanctioned in 2016 under CRF however since then only 30 percent of work has been done.

Locals in the area said that their repeated demonstration went unheard as the road is lying in the worst state.

They accuse the constriction agencies for making the road worse for vehicular movement instead of development. “They bulldozed it, inserted pipes at places, cut water lines but then delayed the work which worsened the condition of the road thus resulting in immense problems to inhabitants in the area,”said locals

A group of locals from Imamsahib said that before five years, they were promised of a double lane road but nothing like that has been done.

According to official data around Rs 50 crore are being spent on this road however according to locals only 30 per cent work has been concluded so far that is two in a long four years. “It takes us more than an hour to reach Shopian which can be travelled in 15 minutes,” said another local.

Locals once again appealed to the authorities to speed up the development work on the road so that masses in the area would not face problems any more.

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