Dilapidated Dunadi-Bunjwah road irks villagers
Raja Shafqat Sheikh
Jammu: Worried about the bad condition of Chenab valley roads especially Dunadi Bunjwah road which is in bad condition since last several years in the district Kishtwar. As public is facing several difficulties while travelling by this road, the residents of Bunjwah have to do work in restoration/ maintenance of Dunadi Bunjwah road .
The dunadi bunjwah road i.e the only one road link connecting Bunjwah with district headquarter and rest other regions of state , is in critical condition as running for vehicles .The dunadi bunjwah road is under JKPCC and PMGSY from last several years .
But unfortunately these agencies failed in restoring this road despite crores of rupees are withdrawn on name of said road .
The Dunadi Bunjwah road measuring 20 km in length in which 13 km from Dunadi to Noor named as ” Dunadi Bunjwah road ” is under JKPCC and rest 7 km from Noor to Binoon named as ” Kewapull Kither road ” is under PMGSY and rest 6km from Binoon to Patnazi named as “Tipri Patnazi road ” as both agencies failed in completing earthwork , R walls , protection walls and maintenance of drainage system on this road . As the administration/Govt don’t pays any intrest in restoring road .
Bunjwah is a part of chenab valley in Kishtwar district and is having many natural beauties . But unfortunately the administration don’t look over it as the public is facing too much difficulties while travelling on this road . Passengers have to push vehicles to reach their destination due to worse condition of road.
Public of Bunjwah is using their strength to maintain the road , when the vichels fails in running.
Eyewitnessing the worse condition Dunadi Bunjwah road , PMGSY failed in restoration and appointing their employees in maintaining of road , beside this they had only depolyed one JCB for restoration that works on their own way .
A local passenger informed , due to worse condition of road we ( passengers and drivers have maintained and restored the road by using rods, spades and other tools , as no officer of JKPCC and PMGSY from Division Kishtwar is performing their duties .
Eyewitnessing the scene last week over Dunadi Bunjwah road , Official vehicle of PMGSY remain stranded near Government Higher Secondary School Binoon, that was later pushed by locals.
A local passenger said that even the MoS R&B and Revenue, Sunil Sharma hails from the same district but despite of it the road condition is in shambles from last decades.
A local driver Mohd Haroon alleged that the officials of concerned department are not directing the contractors to expedite the construction work on this road as they had withdrawn huge amount of money without maintaining one km road .
A reowned social activists and Jammu Kashmir Against Corruption Chenab Valley member Mr Shafqat Sheikh said that the entire road from Dunadi to Bunjwah is under construction from several years under JKPCC and PMGSY.
Adding that “Due to bad condition of road and lack of proper drainage system, the passengers and drivers are facing problems. This problem manifolds during their journey, thus making roads accident prone, “ Shafqat Sheikh rues that concerned authorities are not paying any interest in maintaining this road link that is only way connecting with district headquarter Kishtwar.”
Shafqat Sheikh further added that due to non macademization the road is covered with dust causing hazards to public during their journey as it had become a golden era for contractors and PMGSY, JKPCC to withdraw huge amount of money without performing work on ground .
Shafqat Sheikh who is also State Secretary of All India Reporter’s Association J&K said that He had raise the issue with Hon’ble Minister for Public Work and R&B Mr Nayeem Akther regarding worse condition of Dunadi Bunjwah road on social networking site “WhatsApp” . Added that the Minister replying the issue assured that work on road shall be started as soon as possible . As per the assurance of Hon’ble Minister the work of maintenance and restoration was started , But unfortunately the concerned agencies JKPCC and PMGSY are only levelling the road with mud , sand and soil and are waiting March final bills .
It is important to mention that the work over Dunadi Bunjwah road was started in year 1966 and till day state government failed to maintain 20km road from Dunadi to Bunjwah .
Shafqat Sheikh demanded personal intervention of J&K Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti and Minister for Public Works Department Mr Nayeem Akther to take their keen interest over this issue and direct concerned authorties in restoring / maintaining Dunadi Bunjwah road at an earliest otherwise massive demonstration shall be observed and Batote Kishtwar highway shall be blocked for their genuine demand .