April 8:The dilapidated condition of roads in the scenic Bhaderwah valley has been hindering efforts to promote tourism industry and the poor road infrastructure has been affecting the tourism industry. Work on the 50-km Bhaderwah-Chamba road has been going on at a very slow pace and completion of this project seems to be a distant dream. Although completion of this road would boost tourism in Bhaderwah and adjoining areas, the project is delayed due to the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities, these words are said by MLC Naresh Kumar Gupta who is also president District Doda Congress Committee in a jam packed press conference here today .MLC Naresh Kumar Gupta said BJP and PDP government has earlier claimed that the project would be completed by the end of 2015. “Due to poor road connectivity tourists are not coming to Bhaderwah,” regretted Naresh Kumar Gupta. He claimed that it was only during Ghulam Nabi Azad government that sincere efforts were made to explore tourism potential of Bhaderwah but the present government in the state has done nothing to complete the projects started by Azad. Residents of Bhaderwah have reasons to complain because most of the road projects are still incomplete, he alleged and said works on a majority of other road projects are going on at very slow pace in Bhaderwah constituency.
After a gap of more than two decades, work on the Bhaderwah-Chamba road was resumed in 2010. The authorities had claimed that the route would be opened for traffic in 2015. The road connects Bhaderwah in Doda district with Chamba in Himachal Pradesh. The road project has been sanctioned under the Inter-State Connectivity Programme. “We want that work on this road should be completed as early as possible because our culture and climate resembles that of Himachal Pradesh and we feel connected to the state,” said Naresh Kumar Gupta .