UDHAMPUR, Feb 21: Latti Development Committee (LDC) has urged upon the Lt Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu to provide Degree College, upgrade local PHC to SDH level, develop tourism infrastructure at Latti and Dudu and provide Munsiff Court at Latti without any more delay.
Chairman of the LDC, Kasturi Lal Gupta (Sarpanch Latti), who along with other members called on the Lt Governor the other day, strongly made an appeal to GC Murmu to pay due attention towards this most remote and mountainous area of district Udhampur, which has always remained neglected in every respect. They said that due to weak leadership, this otherwise, beautiful and picturesque remote area of Jammu region, having great tourism potential, has remained neglected since decades.
The LDC members said that Govt Degree College is the old demand of the area but it has remained unaddressed since long. The area has five feeding Higher Secondary Schools and fulfills all requisite parameters more over it is about 60 km away from Chenani. This area is facing great injustice as Latti- Dudu is still kept with Ramnagar Court, which is far away. They demanded that Munsiff Court be set up there to provide relief to the people.
They said this is the only old Tehsil where there is still PHC with even no MBBS doctor. There is huge population which depends on Latti PHC. It should be upgraded to Sub District Hospital (SDH) level. There is no Fire Services Unit in the area and in case of any mishap, people face huge losses. The Fire and Emergency Services unit be set up here, they pleaded.
It was further projected that the pace of work on road from Man Talai to Latti was very slow and it should be upgraded up to Dudu and beyond that up to Basantgarh. There is huge tourism and horticulture potential in the area but remained unexplored. But good road network is must for tourist attraction.
Gupta demanded that two beautiful water falls, one at the bank of river Tawi at Dudu and another ‘Koi Water Fall’ near Marothi (Latti) be developed. More tourism infrastructure be developed to attract tourists as this area falls at the foot-hills of Seoj Dhar. “This area has great potential to produce good quality walnuts, apples, pears etc and Government must focus on this sub region of Jammu. The area also produces massive wool but there is no facility for the weavers. The small units will provide employment to the locals,” the LDC chairman added.