Will push for inter-regional road connectivity: NC leaders

Senior NC leaders at a public meeting in Karnah on Monday.
Senior NC leaders at a public meeting in Karnah on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent
KARNAH, July 8: The J&K National Conference today said the party once comes to power will push for increased road connectivity within the State, claiming that a state-wide all weather road networks is critical to the progress of people living in the remote and frontier areas of the State.
Addressing worker’s convention at Karnah, party general secretary Ali Mohd Sagar said much of the precious time of the State was lost to undue politicking after the PDP-BJP coalition took the reins of the state in its hands. “The people across the State had pinned high hopes on the Coalition Government, however, the former PDP-BJP didn’t rise up to the expectations of the people. The people living in the remote and hilly areas of the State bore the brunt of the administrative failure and the policy lapse of the previous BJP-PDP Government,” he said.
“We didn’t see the former coalition Government do anything towards bridging the development gap between the cities and towns. What good was achieved by the former Omar Abdullah led Government was put in the chasm by the PDP-BJP coalition who failed to further the cause of development in the state. The people only remember how PDP surrounded before BJP for power. The remote areas of Uri, Tanghdar and Karnah had completely fallen off from the development radar of the former BJP-PDP coalition. The incumbent governor administration is no better in terms of meeting the development expectations of the people living in Gurez, Tangdar, Karnah and Uri,” Sagar added.
While underscoring the exigency of having an all weather road connectivity for Karnah and Tanghdar regions Sagar said, ” People living in Karnah continue to yearn for basic amenities due to sporadic road obstructions. The Chowkibal -Teetwal highway hasn’t been worked upon, it is still dotted with potholes. Locals continue to face hardships in wake of the vagaries of weather. No sooner it rains or snows, the sole road link to Karnah becomes out of bounds for the people. Our party is aware of the local demand of having a tunnel at Sadna Top,” he said adding “Once the party comes to power the new Government under the leadership of Omar Abdullah will follow the project vigorously with Government of India,” Sagar said.
Party’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani said that development of the remote areas in the state crowns the party agenda. “The Karnah region is beautiful. The potential however is largely untapped. The construction of Tunnel will certainly provide impetus to the tourist activities in the area. Once the NC comes to power we will try to get more and more stunning locations from Karnah on the tourist map of the state and the country. We will invest heavily in the tourism, heath, and road infrastructure of the Karnah Valley,” Wani added.
Senior leaders Ch Mohd Ramzan, Mir Saifullah, Qaisar Jamsheed lone, Dr Sajad, Salam- Ud Din Bajad and Rafiq Shah also addressed the workers.