Will push for increased inter-regional road connectivity: NC

Will push for increased inter-regional road connectivity: NC

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday promised that the party once in power will push for increased road connectivity within the State, and said a state-wide all weather road networks is critical to the progress of people living in the remote and frontier areas of Jammu & Kashmir.
Addressing a one day worker’s convention at Karnah, party general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said much of the precious time of the state was lost to “undue politicking” and “political shenanigans” after the PDP-BJP coalition took the reins of the state in its hands.
“The people across the state had pinned high hopes on the coalition government, however the former PDP-BJP didn’t rise up to the expectations of the people. People living in the remotes and hilly areas of the state bore the brunt of the administrative failure and the policy lapse of the previous BJP-PDP government. We didn’t see the former coalition government do anything towards bridging the development gap between the cities and towns. What good was achieved by the former Omar Abdullah led government was put in the chasm by the PDP-BJP coalition who failed to further the cause of development in the State,” he said.
The remote areas of Uri, Tanghdar, and Karnah had completely fallen off from the development radar of the former BJP-PDP coalition, Sagar said adding that the incumbent governor administration is no better in terms of meeting the development expectations of the people living in Gurez, Tangdar, Karnah and Uri.
Underscoring the exigency of having an all-weather road connectivity for Karnah and Tanghdar regions, Sagar said, “On one hand when the road connectivity to Ladakh is being upgraded and developed on war footing, people living in Karnah continue to yearn for basic amenities due to sporadic road obstructions. The thought of winter season send shivers down the spine of people living in Karnah, Gurez and other remote areas of the state. The Chowkibal Teetwal highway hasn’t been worked upon, it is still dotted with potholes. Locals continue to face hardships in wake of the vagaries of weather. No sooner it rains or snows the sole road link to Karnah becomes out of bounds for the people.”
Sagar said NC is aware of the local demand of having a tunnel at Sadna Top. “Once the party comes to power, the new government under the leadership of Omar Abdullah Sahib will follow the project religiously with the authorities in the government of India. We believe that the tunnel will make the region accessible. It will unarguably ease the travel. The members of the parliament Hasain Masoodi and Akbar Lone will also take up the issue of Sadna Tunnel at every forum both inside and outside the parliament.”
Party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing the workers said that development of the remote areas in the state crowns the party agenda. “Once the NC comes to power we will try to get more and more stunning locations from Karnah on the tourist map of the state and the country. We will invest heavily in the tourism, heath, and road infrastructure of the Karnah Valley,” he said.