Army not allowing road construction in Uri village, say locals

SRINAGAR: The residents of village Churanda in north Kashmir’s Uri have alleged that the Indian army wasn’t allowing the state authorities to construct a road in the area.
The locals said that the government, few years ago, had approved construction of nine-kilometer road link, connecting at least 260 families from the village to the neighboring URI town, under the government of India-sponsored PMGSY scheme. “The construction work on the road was started and the process of earth cutting was extended upto seven kilometers,” village Sarpanch, Lal din Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader.
“Without any reason, the army men stationed in a local unity asked the workers to stop the work,” he added.
He said that the villagers approached the concerned civil authorities in this regard. “But, the civil authorities failed to convince the army,” he added.
He said that the residents have also submitted applications with the governor of state, deputy commissioner Baramulla, SDM Uri and general officer commanding of the army. “So far, no authority has been able to persuade the army men,” he added.