By Riyaz Bhat
SRINAGAR: A group of protesters from Ganderbal on Monday held a demonstration here against the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) plan to construct a ring road to connect a cluster of villages with the main town of Ganderbal. They said the construction of ring road would affect more than 110 houses and agricultural land of many others.
“My mainstay is a piece of agricultural land and it sustains hope of my five sons. The ring road project not only furrows through my agricultural land but also threatens my residential house. I cannot afford to build a new house,” Abdul Rashid Naik, a resident of Laar village said. He pleaded with the NHAI to shelve the project.
Locals said that the ring road is slated to connect Narbal village with Wayil and is likely to affect several residential houses and swatches of agricultural land.
The protesters said that the bypass road constructed in the year 2006 connecting Sumbal and Manigam areas is wide enough to make a multi-lane road. “This road is 80 feet wide and so far only 30 feet have been utilized. The rest of width is vacant,” he said.
“The bypass road is wide enough to cater to the traffic rush. The authorities seem to be unaware about this road and they have been earmarking land for another ring road,” Noor Muhammad, another resident he said.
They said the authorities must utilize the existing road to the full capacity before acquiring land for fresh projects.