Tral-Pahalgam road still a distant dream

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Residents urge authorities to take up the project on priority

Jahangeer Ganaie

 For decades, residents of Pahalgam and Tral have been demanding the construction of Tral-Pahalgam road but nothing has moved on the project so far.

As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), residents of Lihindajan, Walarhama, Sallar, Kular, Liver and its adjacent areas in Pahalgam and Bugmud, Karmulla, Panner, Mandoora, Bhatnoor and its adjacent areas in Tral said that successive governments promised them that road between Tral and Pahalgam will be constructed.

They said that only a nine kilometre road needs to be constructed from Bhatnoora in Tral to Lehandajan in Pahalgam to connect two areas.

They said that the route can be later used as an alternative for Amarnaath Yatra and will be the shortest route for people to visit Pahalgam from Srinagar.

The residents said that if this road is constructed the distance between Tral and Pahalgam will remain just a few kilometers.

Basharat Ahmad, a resident of Bugmud said that from decades they have been taking up this issue with each and every official but on ground no concrete steps have happened.

“Road connectivity will help the people of both districts to get connected and will help these economically backward areas to earn their livelihood as connectivity will increase tourism flow in the area,” he added.

Residents of both areas requested the higher ups to look into the matter and start work on the road.

An official said the government has taken up the issue with the union government and they are waiting for a response.

He added that the department has already submitted DPR and the estimated cost of the road is Rs 29 crore and they are waiting to get NOC from forest department as well

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