The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is in a wrecked condition in Pulwama district and has been troubling the commuters as well as the drivers. Despite the continuous appeals by the locals the authorities have failed to address the acute issue. The worn out stretches of the highway in the Pulwama district have not been repaired since ages. The National Highway is the only road connecting the valley with the rest of the country but is ridden with potholes that have evolved after the September floods.
There is a stretch of almost one kilometer that needs repairing and the issue has been troubling us from the past one year. The road at Drangbal in Pampore, which runs parallel to the Jhelum is now more prone to accidents because of the potholes. Surprisingly most of the officials also take this road but they have still neglected the need of repairing it. The locals have also demonstrated protests against the matter as the wretched condition also causes frequent traffic jams and the travelling also takes double the actual time because of that. The government has shown no concern towards our appeals.
The authorities either delay the matter or ignore the requests. The R&B Division of the Public Works Department has tossed away the matter saying that it is the responsibility of the National Highway Authority of India.