Clamour for Lolab-Bandipora tunnel goes louder

Kupwara: Inhabitants of Lolab Valley here have reiterated their longstanding demand for construction of a tunnel to adjoining Bandipora district for providing them with all season road connectivity.
 The inhabitants said an ambitious project to construct the road from Lolab to Bandipora was shelved in view of objection by the Forest department. The road project envisaged felling of over 1,100 trees in contravention of the Apex Court directions.
 The inhabitants have been demand construction of the tunnel between Lolab and Bandipora to save the forests and provide them with all season connectivity. They said the tunnel would be feasible between Diver Top from Lolab side and Ketsan Aloosa in Bandipora.
 “Lolab is situated at the fag end of Kupwara. The tunnel would provide shorter route to Lolab and bring it on the tourism map of Kashmir. We have been crying hoarse for construction of the tunnel but our pleas always met with deaf ears,” the locals said. 
 The tunnel would also provide easy access to people of these areas as their relatives reside on both sides of a mountain which divides Lolab and Bandipora.
 The inhabitants of Lolab have to travel 85 kilometers via Sopore to Bandipora to meet their relatives. The tunnel would reduce the distance to nearly 30 kilometers. “We urge the Government to start work on the tunnel in larger public interest. This would provide impetus to economy of this backward area and improve our living standard,” the locals said appealing the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to look into the matter. 

Reports compiled by
SHAHID RAFIQ

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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