Authorities sit on widening of Sanat Nagar-Rangreth road

Will look into it: R&B minister

MUKEET AKMALI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 19 2017 11:50PM | Updated Date: Oct 19 2017 11:50PM
Authorities sit on widening of Sanat Nagar-Rangreth roadFile Photo

Signifying lack of vision in urban development, authorities are sitting on widening of an important road link Sanat Nagar-Rangreth road.  

The road assumes significance as it leads to Rangreth Industrial Estate and houses several establishments including JAKLI center, GREF headquarters and Airforce Station.  

Decades ago, authorities envisaged four-laning of the stretch to cater increasing traffic movement. However, authorities have been resorting to dilly-dallying tactics to execute the project.  

“The proposal has not seen the light of the day. In 70s’ and 80s’, the road from Barzulla Bhagat to Rangreth was used only by few vehicles of army and SRTC buses and hardly any private and public transport would ply on it. The breadth of the road has since then remained the same rather shrunk due to encroachment of roadside at few places,’ said a group of inhabitants of Sanat Nagar.

The Sanat Nagar square on bypass as per locals has become most vulnerable intersection as a number of fatal accidents have taken place there during last few years due to “faulty road engineering design”. 

Officials in Roads and Building department informed that few years ago, the proposal to widen the Sanat Nagar stretch upto Rangreth was proposed for funding under Central Road Funds.

“However, the proposal was rejected by the union ministry,” said an official adding that “since then the government has not pursued the case as result of which as of now there is no proposal to widen this road.

Minister for Roads and Buildings, Naeem Akhtar said “I will look into this issue.”

Chief Engineer, Roads and Building department, Sheikh Abdul Hamid said “we will submit proposal for road widening of this proposal under CRF in next fiscal. Earlier the project was submitted which was rejected by the central government for funding.”

“We are hopeful that in the next fiscal we will get funds for widening the road,” he said adding that “during current year we could not submit it due to fact that drainage construction was going on it.”

Experts have also suggested that there should have been a small flyover Sanat Nagar intersection to prevent accidents.

However, that project which include construction of four grade separators along highway has also met with cold response from the centre government for funding.