UDHAMPUR, Jan 23: Demanding an underground pathway to link the Jakhani Chowk with old road, a large number of residents of Jakhani and its adjoining areas today protested against the National Highway Authority of India.
Led by Govind and Syed Peer Gulzar Shah, the protesters held a demonstration at Jakhani Chowk near Police Naka in Udhampur and raised slogans against NHAI authorities for their alleged dictatorial attitude.
While addressing the gathering, Govind accused the NHAI of blocking link road from Jakhani Chowk. “Four Lane National Highway is passing through village Jakhani and from Jakhani Chowk a link road is going towards more than 24 villages like Omala, Jakhani, Sharda, Laddan, Ossu, Kerra, Kaldi, Salmaya, Powar House, Ghordi and Barmeen but it is unfortunate that NHAI authorities have blocked this link road form Jakhani Chowk and opened the road about 3 kms away from existing link at Ambedekar Chowk resulting more than 10 thousand people of adjoining areas suffer during odd period,” he explained and lamented that the matter was brought into the notice of District Administration for appropriate action but nothing was done.
Syed Peer Gulzar Shah said that school going children and pedestrians are forced to cover a longer distance for reaching their destinations while patients also face the same problem for reaching Hospital during emergency . He demanded construction of an underground pathway from the beginning of this link road by crossing Jakhani Chowk towards old National Highway road for Udhampur Town.
Maya Devi, Hussan Jaan, Poli Devi, Jattun Begum, Naseema Begum, Ved Parkash, Kuldeep Kumar, Mohin Johan, Latif Shah and Panch Rajkumari also addressed the gathering.