Connectivity is the most important thing and the stress of the government is the same but what is happening on Kotranka to Khawas road is a bit of a nuisance!
‘I have heard elders speaking that difficult roads can lead you to beautiful destinations, indeed they can because Budhal is a beautiful place that has parked itself in one big cradle of Pir Panjals. And the beauty of humanity here is in their shared mutuality and intrinsic reciprocity, they are never alone in their difficulty because they love to help each other. They have been doing so since ages. We are all made of the same stardust! So why do the people of the villages of Budhal always find themselves in a limbo? The humanity here is gifted, talented and have some very special qualities like all of us have but still they are struggling and straggling and one of the major problems is connectivity. It’s an age of traveling to get the exposure and for traveling humans discovered wheels and for that road is a necessity. It was duly made but never maintained and the result is as you see in the picture, puddles, potholes, broken patches, mud all over and at least looking like a motorable road . But that is what it is. Yes I’m talking of Kotaranka-Khawas road!’
The road is bad enough during normal times when the sun shines brightly and the rays piercing the branches fall on the pebbles and rocks that have opened up on this stretch. No one has repaired them or should I say that no one has bothered to get them repaired.
The administration in Rajouri and the PWD (R&B) in particular department loves some serious long sleeps and thus the road remains in an atrocious condition.
If in better days no one has taken any interest it can very well be concluded that no one would check it out when the skies explode and the engineering marvel in the form of the road gets further eroded.
It can very well be made out from the picture with the story of how the road looks like. Absolutely pathetic would still be an understatement.
It is a sheer wastage of money to plan such a connectivity for the wheels to ply on because no driver is going to risk his vehicle here. Why go in for such elaborate enterprises when they cannot be maintained.
Can the top man leading the charge of the PWD (R&B) unit think of having a ride on his vehicle here? I’m sure he is going to curse his luck as to why he was the big boss of the institution that indeed has a fancy name but is basically hollow when it comes to the ground work. If you do not believe me, you are most welcome to ask the locals for whom this road was made!
Generations after generations the people of these areas have walked the distance. They are used to the promises made by political leaders and the administrators that they would get the moon at their doorsteps. But alas! They do not even get a fistful of mud!
In all the senses this road stretch is badly poised and by the look of things the administration simply seems disinterested!
Many who visit Budhal have only one thing to say and that is, ‘the people are great as is the place’. They are the most decent and every time you see them you will always find them smiling. Even in the worst of times when terrorism was brushing aside everyone here these people took the upheaval in their own stride and now when the things are going great they are still struggling and one of the reasons is mobility. This is the third story about roads in Budhal I’m doing but sadly speaking the administration, bitten by the sleeping bug, is refusing to wake up. So far the people here have raised no hue and cry but they are losing out on the patience aspect. They still believe that the road in question may be rough, the journey may be tough, the experience may be bitter. Still, we hope the administration will do the needful. But so far the day has not arrived. Will it ever be is anyone’s guess!
Fantasy, an unflagging optimism is necessary for inhabitants here in Budhal and that too at all stages of this rough game of life. A kind of madness is therefore necessary, when there is every logical reason for a state of depression and discouragement. These people are a deprived lot all the way and this disgusting road stretch is yet another reason for them to feel let down.
The condition of the road is in dilapidated state.
It is muddy, slushy and it can be easily said that it is a slur on a developing place.
We talk of Budhal being exotically developed for the tourists but will they come here seeing the conditions of the road?
Administration needs to look into it as the people of Budhal, Khawas, Bahinambal and adjoining areas are suffering enormously.
There are reasons for that. The first one is the economic. The roads are a necessity for the economics of the place, the second, the people travel in search of avenues. If they still have to walk on foot to their destinations then why make promises?
Fine the road was promised, surveyed and made but who will maintain it? Obviously the people will not?
The third, we all acknowledge that human lives are precious. Suppose god forbid there is an emergency could be a serious one too like for example a natural catastrophe? Then what!
The fourth, education is a must now and kids love going to schools. At the moment they are closed for reasons we all know but that would not be forever. Now would they be walking, of course they would be because of the condition of the road. Their elders have been doing so since ages.
There are many other things which have been brought to a standstill in the area because of the prevailing conditions as far as this stretch is concerned. Hopefully the administration would give a serious peep into this. At the moment they seem to be not concerned at all!
In the conclusion I would say that if you are not asking when this road will end, where the road is going, when the weather will darken, what are the dangers on the road, you should know that you are traveling on a great bad road though the destination would be good! On a fascinating road, you only think about the beauty of the road, you never ask questions! But on this trust me you would ask many as you may have to board off the vehicle and walk the remaining distance but that would not be easy either!