Landslides Playing Spoiled sport for travellers
|Much to the disappoint of people travelling on Kishtwar-Jammu National Highway, the road at Kuligad Drabshala once again got blocked due to fresh landslide on Saturday afternoon leaving several passengers stranded on both sides of the National Highway. According to reports, the fresh landslides hit the area at around 3.30 PM and after loosened rocks and boulders started sliding forcing the administration to stop the traffic through the landslide affected area which witnessed death of three persons including an infant a couple of weeks ago.
An eyewitness told that after fresh landslide, the police officals on duty stopped the traffic on the National Highway and even did not allow anyone to cross the road on foot.
I am doing what I have been asked” a cop caught on video while telling the same to angry passenger.
The passengers want to know from the police officials why the administration didn’t put man and machinery into service to clear the road for traffic.
The police personnel in a bid to pacify the agitated stranded passengers briefly said that his job was only to stop the traffic and not to allow the people to cross the landslide prone area on foot. However he asked a angry passenger to talk to seniors over the matter but he won’t allow them to walk through slide prone area. While talking to “Early Times” the angry stranded passengers rued the slow progress of the work at the landslide affected area and demanded that the government should expedite the process. “The passengers traveling on Kishtwar-Jammu National Highway are facing lot of problem due to poor road condition, they said adding, “the continuous landslide at Drabshala since last over one month has added miseries for the travelers.” When connected Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar Ghulam Nabi Balwan said that the department has sent the machinery for clearing the road, but the fresh landslides triggered are hampering the work/ road clearance.