Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammed Dar has refuted a news item carried by a local daily regarding the closure of vital road linking Acchan to Heff and other adjacent areas in the district and terming it as not correct.
He clarified that only temporary barrier has been put in place on the road from Acchan connecting Heff and other adjacent areas to keep a check on the extraction of minerals and other materials from Nallah Rambiar.
The step (installing temporary barrier) is to stop the illegal extraction of sand, gravel, and boulders which has not only resulted into the disruption of the fragile ecology of the Nallah but also causes a great deal of inconvenience to the local populace.
It is pertinent to mention here that the protection bund worth Rs 2 crore which was carried out during last financial year has also been damaged due to the unabated extraction of materials.
“It was only after repeated demand from the public in large that district administration has put this barrier in place. Moreover, only tippers and trucks and other heavy vehicular traffic have been stopped to ply on the road and all the local traffic is smoothly plying,” the DC said.
Dar further said that the government is committed for the strengthening of the infrastructure especially roads which serves as arteries for the economic development of the state and there is no reason to close the vital road links which causes inconvenience to the people.