By MOHD MAJID MALIK ,DODA,APR22– The travel on 30 kilometer long Bhaderwah -Doda highway has become arduous and cumbersome for passengers as the road is dotted with potholes.“The frequent travelers on the route, have started facing serious backache and other health problems as the drivers many times hit these potholes on high speed,” the Bhaderwah residents said adding that many persons had been advised by doctors not to undertake the journey as it would aggravate their problem due to the criminal negligence of GREF 114 RCC whose possession is the same road .The commuters said many mishaps occurred on the road as the drivers were trying to avoid the potholes. “Our vehicles suffer extensive damage due to the poor road condition and have to sent them for repairs quite often,” the Sumo owners told this media person adding the concerned officials of GREF 114 RCC hadn’t done anything substantial despite repeated pleas were made about the road repairs.The passengers have also complained of dust pollution on the road saying it had also resulted in serious health complications in certain persons allergic to dust. “The dust raised from these potholes have also become a pollution source causing further inconvenience to the travelers,” they said.The locals and drivers, whose vehicles are plying on the highway, have accused the BEACON of turning blind eye towards the dilapidated road condition and of bridges on the same road especially at Amira nagar where bridge is in deteriorating condition but instead of that GREF 114 RCC authorities failed to do construct or repair the same bridge instead of the fact GREF authorities to fool the people and administration has also installed a sign board on the Amira nagar bridge for drivers not to drive on it but without alternate of the same due to which heavy vehicles are being forced to travel on the said rotten road and at any time mishap can happened ,said Shiv Kumar Kotwal a local of Bhaderwah .. “The BEACON has completely failed to maintain the highway making it not motor able,” the locals and drivers said.Failure of the authorities to undertake repairs of roads has led to further development of pot holes on Doda Bhaderwah road because GREF authorities
according to local people always used sub standard materiel causing immense inconvenience to the commuters.The condition of the road is so bad that even the private bus operators have suspended their service on the route. The locals said that despite being declared as a Tourist town , the roads are in bad condition in Bhaderwah which are under the control of GREF 114 RCC . The residents urged the district authorities to take immediate measures for repairing the road to save them from inconvenience and also initiate criminal proceedings against G REF authorities .