The residents of Kishtwar district today demanded immediate opening of Kishtwar-Sinthan road to make "shortest road connectivity with summer capital Srinagar."
Talking to Greater Kashmir, the residents said the national highway between Kishtwar-Batote remained cut-off for couple of weeks since last month. "Even three precious lives were lost due to heavy landslides and shooting stones on this road," they said.
They said the Doda-Batote road has been declared unsafe for vehicular movement after several stretches of the road between Kishtwar and Botote had been washed away due to landslides.
They said connecting Doda and Kishtwar district with the rest of the world by Kishtwar-Sinthan road would ease the life of the people living in this region.
"It is the need of the hour that this route connecting Doda and Kisthwar with the rest of the world should be opened without any delay," said Mushtaq Ahmed, a local resident of Kishtwar town.
Locals said that with the opening of this road, there will be a huge flow of local as well as foreign tourists to both these districts as both these routes are attractive for tourists.
"Opening this road will give boost to the tourism pilgrimage also, as a number of religious places are located in these two districts," they said .
They criticized the R&B department for not clearing the road of the snow.
They appealed for snow clearance of Sinthan Road that connects Anantnag district with Kishtwar so that it is reopened for vehicular traffic.