Failing to complete the road


A foundation stone of a road was laid by the then Works Minister, Altaf Bukhari along with then Minister of Health and Medical Education of J&K, Ch. Lal Singh in October 2015 and it was to be constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs 26 crore. The road, which has a 200 metres long causeway is being constructed by Jammu Kashmir Projects Constructing Corporation (JKPCC) under Central Road Fund (CRF) scheme and the construction work has been allotted to a private company.Though construction was started in October 2015, the much talked about 12 km long Guni-HatliMorh road which missed the deadline of its completion in March 2018 is still incomplete as constructing agency has abandoned the work due to non-release of funds by Government.
However the concerned agency failed to complete the road and causeway in the stipulated time frame due to non-availability of funds owing to which a population of 20,000 people of the area are facing many hardships especially in rainy season in travelling to the other parts of the district Kathua or Jammu region. Out of Rs 26 crore, the Central Government has till date released only Rs 12 crore for the construction of the road and the contractor abandoned the work half way due to paucity of funds with the result the people of many adjoining villages of four Panchayats of Hatli to be linked with the road are facing hardships. Their problem takes critical turn during the Monsoon when the rivulet flowing through the area is in spate.
Out of seven spans of 200 metres long causeway four spans have been constructed while the three are yet to be constructed. They said under CRF the money is released in piece meals from year to year and that has delayed the construction of the road in time. Out of 12 kms long road earth work, metalling and bitumen has been laid in some portion during the last five years, officials added. The local people are however up in arms against the administration and constructing agency for such a huge delay. They said instead of target date of two and half years over five years have now passed and still the road has not been completed putting the entire population to a lot of trouble. The inhabitants of the area face problems in shifting the sick people to hospitals especially when weather is unfavourable and local stream overflows its banks. The work on the road is going at a snail's pace and in case the construction work will go with the present speed then it will take over two decades for completion.

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