Rana accuses NHAI of criminal negligence, promoting Mafia Raj

MLA Nagrota & Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana addressing a gathering at Nagrota on Thursday.
MLA Nagrota & Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana addressing a gathering at Nagrota on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

NAGROTA, Feb 23: MLA Nagrota and Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana today slammed National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for failing to put in place the road safety and medical emergency measures on Jammu-Udhmapur Highway leading to frequent accidents.
“This stretch of road has taken a high toll with some commuters either succumbing to their injuries or suffering disabilities mainly due to lack of  adequate safety measures like , lighting, barriers, road signs, reflectors, designated pedestrian facilities, crossings, underpasses for ensure safe movement, security of the road users and medical facilities”, Rana said while interacting with people at several places in the constituency.
He referred to the most shocking and chilling death of a young employee of the Ban Toll Plaza within its premises in broad-day light yesterday and said that in the event of the accident it is the responsibility of the NHAI that they provide immediate rescue and medical assistance but tragically the service is deficient.  He quoted the recent example of one Ghulam Mohammed son of Siraj-ud-Din, resident of Tada who met with an accident on 31st January 2017 and Sanjay Verma, son of Rudri Ram resident of Bandsoo, who met the accident on 14th February 2017, saying they are battling for their lives having suffered serious brain haemorhage because the Golden Hour was lost to delay in shifting them to Medical College Hospital, as they were not rescued by the NHAI or its mandated agencies. He also referred to the tragic death of Surjeet Kumar Sharma, son of Ram Nath Sharma, resident of Jagti, who met with an accident on 21st February 2017 and said that he was given to understand that the injured remained lying for crucial time unattended in the Toll Plaza premises without being evacuated, leading to his death.
The MLA Nagrota also hit out at the PDP-BJP dispensation for looking to the other-side as far as vulnerability of this important road stretch on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is concerned that has put the lives of people in jeopardy. He warned against attempts of promoting Mafia Raj under active political patronage.
Rana expressed concern over growing allegations of NHAI-Contractors-Criminals-Government officials’ nexus, saying he was getting perturbed over frequent complaints of the travelers being reportedly harassed, manhandled and threatened at the Toll Plaza.
Earlier, during his extensive visit of the constituency, the MLA Nagrota laid foundation of six important roads and said that connectivity is key to economic activity and progress of any area. “With dependable road network, the people can have smooth mobility that in turn will give fillip to economic activity in a big way”, he said while interacting with the people of villages to be benefitted by improvement and upgradation of road communication.
He laid the foundation stones of the tractor roads from Marh to Kalgran, Marh to Gambir, Panjgrain to Mohalla Pandoian, National Highway to Kanwara, Seri-Kalan-Patta to Manga and Tamuni to Dadoora and urged the executing agency to have these completed in a time bound manner with special impetus on the quality.
The MLA hoped that the people will continue to cooperate in carrying forward the developmental agenda for the constituency which has been drawn in consultation with them and as per the local requirements.
Later, the MLA inaugurated an Agriculture Mela at Marh, which was attended by a large number of farmers.