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Damaged 4 years ago, retaining wall in Baramulla area yet to be constructed

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Waris Fayaz

Baramulla, Jan 11 : Residents have urged authorities to reconstruct a retaining wall damaged 4 years ago at Qazi Hamam in Baramulla’s old town.

Residents told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the wall was constructed for the safety of people alongside Bagh e Islam road in old town Baramulla which connects Drangbal and other areas to avert any mishap due to landslides or shooting stones.

The area is prone to landslides and shooting stones. But the wall was damaged some 4 years ago and the authorities concerned have been failing to reconstruct it.

“Knowing the sensitivity of the area very well, the officials in the department cite excuses including tendering issue,” said Ali Mohammed of Qazi Hamam.

A board installed at the site by the Roads and Buildings (R&B) department reads, ‘the area is prone to shooting stones & rock sliding. The inhabitants & people passing this road are advised to take self-protection accordingly’.

Meanwhile, an official of the R & B department in Baramulla denied they have received any representation from locals in this regard. But he assured them they will look into the issue—(KNO)

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