M S Nazki
MENDHAR : The inhabitants of Gohlad villages in Sub-Division Mendhar of Poonch district have urged the district administration to initiate a thorough probe into the alleged use of substandard material for the macadamization of road in Dakbunglow Gohlad to Balakote road of the area. According to the locals of Gohlad and Mendhar villages, the recent downpour has washed away the black-topping of the road in the Mendhar area which were recently macadamized by the Roads and Buildings Department, Mendhar.
“The Department blacktopped of this road in the Mendhar Sub division few weeks ago and spent crores of rupees. However, the recent rains washed away the blacktopping of the roads,” said Panch Tazeem Kazmi the residents of Gohlad
The inhabitants accused the executing agency of allegedly using substandard material for road macadamization. “The blacktopping got erased due to rains, which speaks volumes about the quality of work done by the executing agency,” the locals said, adding the senior functionaries of the Department should take cognizance of the matter and order a probe into it.
According to sources, about 8 kilometers of inner roads link and other stretches of Gohlad area were repaired and subsequently macadamized by the R&B department Mendhar, adding that however the engineers failed to maintain the standard of work on these roads.
“The money spent on repair and blacktopping of the road has been wasted,” said locals at Gohlad They said that the road connecting Mendahr with Balakote is now dotted with small potholes. “We felt glad after our road was repaired and macadamized.
But now we are highly disappointed with the substandard work done during the macadamization,” the residents of the area Said . The residents urged the Chief Engineer R&B to order a probe at an earliest and take stringent action against the officials involved in executing such a sub-standard work.