Addresses meeting of prominent workers of Shopian
SRINAGAR, September 17: Apni Party vice president Zaffar Iqbal Manhas on Thursday urged the government of India to restore the road connectivity between various regions and sub regions of Jammu and Kashmir. He also stressed on the union government to expedite its procedural formalities for construction of a tunnel that is aimed at turning Mughal road into an all-weather alternative route to Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
Addressing a meeting of Party workers from Shopian at party office in Srinagar which was the second in a week, Manhas said that the Mughal Road is a lifeline for the people of Pir Panjal who are otherwise subjected to a lot of inconvenience to reach the summer capital Srinagar.
“The inhabitants of Poonch and Rajouri district of Pir Panjal region and on the other hand people from valley especially those living in Shopian are facing tough times amid ban on passenger traffic on this historic road. The government should immediately restore passenger traffic on Mughal road and address the suffering of people,” he demanded.
The meeting was also addressed by party senior vice president Ghulam Hassan Mir, general secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir, party senior leader Abdul Majeed Padder, party district president Srinagar Sheikh Noor Mohammad, party leaders Muntazir Mohi-u-Din and Irfan Naqeeb.
Manhas said that the procedural and technical formalities involved in the proposed construction of a tunnel at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal road should be completed without any further delay so as to reduce the distance between the two regions and lighten the pressure on Srinagar Jammu-National highway.
The Apni Party vice president also reiterated his demand to address the issue and problems of basic amenities in district Shopian. “The farmers and orchardists of Shopian are facing drought like situation in absence of irrigational facilities. Desilting and other construction works on Shahkhul-Amschipora and Manul-Zowora irrigation canals should be completed immediately and till then the government must go for drilling of bore wells in Shopian district so as to provide dependable irrigation to the affected farmers and orchardists,” he demanded.
Manhas also demanded immediate compensation to the orchardists and farmers in terms of KCC loan waiver and other due compensations and subsidies in lieu of crop damages suffered by them due to inclement weather.