Budgam villagers demand railway halt station at Nadigam

Budgam villagers demand railway halt station at Nadigam
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BUDGAM: Hundreds of villagers from different villages in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district blocked the rail line near Nadipora to protest against the delaying of construction of railway halt station in Nadigam village.
People from Nadipora, Bandgam and other villagers Sunday morning gathered at the railway track and blocked all movement of railway trains on the Banihal-Baramulla track.
Led by senior citizens of the area, the protesters said that a separate railway station was sanctioned a year before but authorities have yet to start the work.
“We have officials of DC office Budgam and Railway many times in connection with our demand. But their lackadaisical approach compelled us to come out and block the railway track,” a protector told Kashmir Reader over phone.
They added that the earlier after meeting deputy commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asgar, she promised them that work will start in a couple of days but nothing happened so far.
“Today we have blocked the railway line to raise our long pending demands,” they said.
Locals said that the area has contributed huge paddy and horticulture land for the railway track but, ironically, for them railway is useless.
“From the last year, many top officials of the railways visited the spot to assess its feasibility for a halt station. The spot has considerable Kah Charie land available for the halt station,” they said.
Haji Ali Mohammad, a local said that the “irresponsible” attitude of the railway authority and revenue officials is compelling the people to protest and block the track.
Later the protesters dispersed off peacefully, but threatened to block the rail line again if their demand is not fulfilled soon.
Meanwhile deputy commissioners Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asgar told Kashmir Reader that the tenders have been issued for the construction of station.
“The negotiations are also through now with railway authorities,” Sehrish said and added “the work will start by the end of this month. “