Mendhar (IoK News): / Disappointed with the poor road connectivity in different areas of border towns Mendhar, Balakote, and Mankote the residents have urged urgent action.
Dr. Shazad Malik, former Vice-Chancellor of University and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Border Area Development Conference, JK-BADC strongly condemned the government agencies responsible for the construction of these roads.
In a statement issued here, the BADC Chairman has said that during his tour of over 30 Panchayats and hundreds of villages of Mendhar, Balakote, and Mankote in last over a month, one of the main problems apprised to him by the inhabitants of these villages was of poor Road connectivity.
Dr. Shahzad also informed that the people of these areas had complained as there is no coordination between the Department of Rural Development, Public Works Department (Road and Building), and PMGSY.
Therefore it is difficult to fix the responsibility of the concerned department that is responsible for the construction of roads with substandard material as all these departments construct roads in these areas without any coordination and information sharing with each other.
BADC Chairperson also alleged that every year 100s of crores of rupees are provided by the government of India and J & K government under different schemes to these departments for improving road connectivity in border areas but other than paperwork, negligible is done on the ground.
He has urged the Divisional Commissioner Jammu to formulate a coordination committee of heads of these departments to fix responsibility and avoid overlapping of road projects and funds besides conducting a quality audit of road constructions.