Irate villagers hold protest, demand restoration of road construction work

Villagers raising slogans during protest at Bhaderwah. -Excelsior/Tilak Raj
Villagers raising slogans during protest at Bhaderwah. -Excelsior/Tilak Raj

Excelsior Correspondent

BHADERWAH, June 22: Irritated at the inordinate delay of eighteen years in construction of just 4.3 kilometer road, dozens of villagers of the Kursari Panchayat hold protest here today to express their anger and resentment towards present dispensation.
Villagers holding placards in support of their demands at Kursari village alleged that not only their villages are being cut off from the rest of the world but also deprived of even basic amenities due to the alleged apathy of officials.
Led by Sarpanch Sajid Mir, the villagers of Kursari, Lamote and Kapra are seeking construction of the road which allegedly is in limbo since last 18 years.
Sarpanch Sajid Mir said, “We donated 129 kanals and 15 Marlas of prime agricultural land for Kendriya Vidyalaya in the year 2002 only with the hope that not only our kids will get quality education but most importantly that our village will be connected with motorable road”.
“Even after 18 years, neither the school has been constructed nor the villages of this Panchayat have been provided with the motorable road despite the work was taken up for 4.3 kilometer road in 2010”, Sarpanch added.
Protesting villagers threatened that if administration still fails to restore the suspended work of the road within week’s time, they will block Doda-Bhadarwah highway.