SRINAGAR: Expressing resolve of her party to carry forward the connectivity plan it had initiated during its tenure Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said the tunnel to provide a round the year road connectivity between Anantanag and Kishtwar would be executed on priority.
According to GNS, Mufti while addressing a public meeting at Wadhwan said the failure of present govt to implement the program had resulted in continued distress for the large population residing in the area. “Madhwa and Wadhwan deserve all weather road connectivity and PDP would ensure that it is achieved on a fastrack,” she said, adding that unless inter-regional connectivity and access to far-off areas was ensured and brought up to decent levels, the dream of developing a modern state would remain unachievable. Mehbboba said it was unfortunate that the area has only been offered lip service by successive governments including the present one to garner the votes of its residents, “but except the PDP-led coalition no meaningful intervention had been made to bring changes in the lives of the people of this far-flung area”. “It was only Mufti-led government which had taken note of tough life faced by the people of the area who were till then administratively being remote controlled,” she said. She said the PDP government granted the tehsil status to Madhwa and naibat to Wadhwan to address administrative problems. “Similarly, new educational institutions were established and many existing ones were upgraded.”Stressing the need for creating productive jobs for the residents of these backward areas Mehbooba said it was unfortunate that the pony owners of Sai Nallah area have been disengaged from Amarnath yatra. “This has robbed the people there of the only avenue of earning some wages.” She assured the people that she would take up the matter with governor and press for the rights of these pony wallas. Meanwhile, party’s senior leader and MLC Syed Asgar Ali while addressing the gathering called upon the people to strengthen the PDP at all levels to ensure peace, stability and development in the backward area. (GNS)