Spread over a sprawling campus located in high hills Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University is facing utter neglect of the Roads and Building department as the link road connecting the premiere university is in a state of utter neglect.
The long struggle carried out by the senior faculty to get the road link decked up has failed to yield fruitful results. Dejected with the response of the concerned department towards their genuine demand Prof. Mohammad Asghar, Dean School of Mathematical Sciences & Engineering and Principal College of Engineering has now reached the door step of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah seeking immediate attention towards the dilapidated condition of the road.
Highlighting the pathetic state of affairs of the existing road condition the senior most faculty member has also approached the Deputy Commissioner Rajouri and the office of Chief Secretary seeking timely redressal of their genuine concern.
Prof. Mohammad Asghar in his communication has repeatedly raised the issue of miserable condition of the road claiming it has become a big headache for thousands of students, nearby villagers and BGSBU staff who are using the road on daily basis.
He said that at the time of the establishment of the University in the year 2005 a link road was constructed to provide a means of transportation to students and people of adjoining rural areas. However, over period of time it has been dilapidated mainly because of extremely poor maintenance.
Dean said that since the University road has been catering to the need of thousands of students, faculty, other employees and people of adjoining 4-5 villages but the condition of this has been dilapidated and the Agency responsible for its maintenance is in deep slumber doing nothing. “Lots of pits & patches have been created because of spells of rainfall and these fatal pits & patches are sufficient to cause severe accidents any time”, he added.
Expressing concern, Prof Asgar said that dilapidated condition of the University road is adding to the miseries of thousands of people around especially the students, the school-going children. He said that during rains, it’s really a mess to cross through these pits & patches that turned into dirty, foul-smelling ponds and causing great damage to the vehicles ply on this road.
Demanding regular maintenance of such rural roads, he said that it is a critical pre-condition for sustaining the positive impacts that road brings to students, employee of the University and rural communities. He said that minor maintenance is often neglected because of lack of funds, but it is also neglected because there is little political capital or mileage in maintaining roads regularly, as the results of minor maintenance is not highly visible.
Expressing anguish over overloading, Prof Asghar said that because of its condition there is scarcity of public and private transport, which has been resulting in huge overloading on private passenger vehicles and Traffic Police seldom takes any action against these drivers due to reason better known to them. He said that because of the limited transport facilities students aren’t making to the classes in time and remain absent. The deteriorated condition of the road is adding salt on to their wounds.