SRINAGAR: The Residents of frontier district of Karnah on Saturday staged a protest demonstration here demanding construction of Sadhna tunnel.
The Protestors including various sections of society raised slogans against the state and central government for ignoring their demand for construction of tunnel from last 35 years.
Khawaja Manzoor Ahmad, a retired head master from Tanghdar , said, “The government is least bothered about our need. The District Commissioner Kupwara had promised us that on 9th January they will initiate steps for the construction of tunnel by the end of 25th January. The government has again failed to respond to our demand for construction of Sadhna tunnel. ”
Protestors said that during elections time, every political party promises them of tunnel construction, ‘but they never full fill the promise.’
“Now we have decided to boycott the coming panchayat elections,” they added.
Professor Jahangeer Danish , Retired Government College Principal from Karnah, said “Recently, the incident happened at Sadhna Top, in which incident 11 people lost their lives. From past 35 years more three thousand people has already lost their lives at Sadhna Top. In winters we are disconnected from the Kashmir valley due to the heavy snowfall at Sadhna top. The rates of the goods also increase during the winter.”
He added that they have already requested the state and central government for the construction of Sadhna tunnel, but they did not get any proper response from the government.
“If the state and central government will take any step for construction of a tunnel, it will bring new life in the Karna area,” he said.