Hundreds stranded between Kargil and Leh as Pashkum residents protest

Expressing resentment over the delay in macadamization and maintenance of the road on the National Highway 1D, residents of Pashkum today staged protest, sources said.

During the protest hundreds of light and heavy vehicles from Kargil to Leh and Leh to Kargil were stranded for the whole day.

The villagers were alleging the BRO official in charge of the area has totally failed to provide a standard level of work on the National Highway and demanded for his transfer from the site.

According to the Councilor of the Village Kacho Feroz an irrigational canal which came under the Highway Expansion work was built by  Project VIJAYAK but the canal  leaked at various places which according him is due to use of substandard material.

The protest came to end only after the intervention of Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil Advocate Mohammad Amir who took on the spot action and got assurance form the BRO Official for early redress of the issues.

The BRO Official assured the people to install a Water Pump by today evening till the Canal is reconstructed failing of which they were assured for crop compensation.

He also assured that other issues including the transfer of the officer will be done on priority basis by tomorrow and quality work will be provided.

Consequently Deputy SP Kargil, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Kacho reached the spot and regulated the stranded traffic.


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