Locals protest for completion of Kulwanta to Ladana road

Villagers protesting for completion of Kulwanta to Ladana road.
Villagers protesting for completion of Kulwanta to Ladana road.

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Sept 23: Up in arms against the worst condition of under construction PMGSY road to Bari Ladana in Ramnagar tehsil, villagers of Kulwanta today protested near Malohi.
They raised slogans against the PMGSY department and appealed to the Lt Governor for his personal intervention to ensure completion of this road under PMGSY, unit Ramnagar.
The protest was held under the leadership of supervision of Sarpanch Khem Raj and joined by Ex Sarpanch Satpaul Singh, Ex Chairman Khan Mohd, Panch Mohd Iqbal, Gian Chand, Babu Ram, Lal Singh, Mulkh Raj, Mohd Shafi, Raj Kumar, Mohd Rashid, Jeewan Kumar, Suram Chand and others.
People said that the road was lying closed for the last more than four months while for the last two years, the contractor did not get any work done on this road. “Complaint in this regard was made to the department many times but the contractor did not start work till date,” they said adding that the entire village is dependent on this road and people suffer because it has not been completed by the contractor for the last more than two year.
“This 14.5 km road from Kulwanta to Bari Ladana under PMGSY Package number JK14-206 was to be completed with an amount of Rs 789.79 lakh by March 2018 but even after the lapse of more than two years since its deadline, the road is incomplete,” the villagers explained.
“These days the condition of the road is so bad that we can’t even walk on it and it is risky to carry sick and old persons, pregnant women to Sub District Hospital Ramnagar and District Hospital Udhampur because of big potholes,” they added.