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Anantnag R&B authorities forget to repair roads dug up 6 months ago
ANANTNAG, Sep 6: In January this year, Urban Environment Engineering Department dug up the important and busy roads of Anantnag town to lay underground sewage system pipes.

The project was executed under a centrally sponsored scheme at the estimated cost of around 17 crores. Locals and insiders in the department had raised questions over the quality of work, saying that the department took up the project only to save the funds from getting lapsed and to favour a blue eyed contractor. However, UEED authorities, ignoring the criticism, went ahead and completed the project before March when the funds get lapsed.

The UEED dug the important roads like KP road, Court road, Industrial area road, Ashajipora road, Mehendi Kadal and Sarnal and Kadipora roads to lay the sewerage pipes underground.

However, six months have passed, but the roads and buildings (R and B) department have not repaired and macadamised the dug up roads again. The potholed and bumpy roads are not only giving tough times to the drivers but pedestrians as well. The failure of the authorities to carry out repairs on these roads despite receiving compensation from UEED has left the people of the town fuming.

"We had got some relief from the potholed roads after over a decade after the inner roads of the town were macadamised. But only a couple of years after the roads of the town had been blacktopped the authorities again rendered them non-motorable.

The incompetence and laxity of the R and B authorities in getting these dug up roads repaired again is badly inconveniencing the drivers," said a trader of the court road, Iqbal Ahmad.

The potholes on these roads are so wide that drivers hesitate to ply their vehicles over them thus causing chaos in market places.

"Besides damaging the vehicles, the potholed and bumpy roads on sunny days trigger heavy volumes of dust and in rains lead to inundation of the roads causing trouble to both pedestrians and traders," another resident, Arif Ahmad, who runs a shop in Mattan Chowk area told Kashmir Times.

An official of the UEED said that the department has paid entire compensation to the R& B department for the roads that were dug up during the execution of the work.

"I am myself surprised why R and B authorities don't repair the roads despite receiving all the compensation that two five months ago," the UEED official said.

Executive engineer, R&B division Khanabal, Showkat Ahmad said that they have already floated tenders for repair of the dug-up roads.

"The tendering process has already begun and hopefully we will be starting repair work within a week’s time," executive engineer said.

Asked why six months delay was caused in repair of the roads, he said that the executing agency had asked them to wait till they complete the project.

"The UEED had some cross connections pending and had written to us to wait till the whole work is completed. So we had no option but to wait for their signal. Now they have given go ahead we will start repairing the roads within week’s time," the officer said.

News Updated at : Friday, September 7, 2018
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