People protest, demand payment of labourers

Villagers protesting in Ramnagar on Thursday.
Villagers protesting in Ramnagar on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, Sept 20: The villagers from Damak in tehsil Ramnagar today held protest , demanding completion of construction work of 1460 meters canal at village Damak and release of the payments of the labourers.
A large number of people of the area assembled at Damak village, about 15 km from Ramnagar and started protest against Irrigation Sub Division Ramnagar and District Administration Udhampur for the delay in the construction of Canal.
Ex- Sarpanch Sandhoor Singh said that slow progress of work and non-payment of wages of laborers in the construction of Canal at village Damak in Rassain of Tehsil Ramnagar has irked the people of the area.
He said the canal having total length of 1460 meters was sanctioned during 2010 and the work was started in 2011 by Irrigation Sub Division Ramnagar with the estimated cost of Rs 42 lakhs. But only 800 meters of canal is constructed by executing agency. The sub-standard work was carried out and it has been left half way. The technical staff was hardly seen at the site.
The villagers alleged that the matter was brought to the notice of Irrigation authorities at Udhampur and Ramnagar but no action has been taken in this regard.
The careless on the part of concerned agency can be gauged from the fact that cutting of land at many places has caused soil erosion and also damaged many houses. The Agriculture land was also damaged.
They urged upon the higher authorities to hold probe into the matter.
Prominent among those who addressed the gathering included Narinder Singh, Suram Singh, Rakesh Singh, Suram Singh, Shiv Ram, Kulwinder Singh, Vijay Kumar, Hem Raj, Jagdish Singh Sunil Singh etc.