Residents of Karnah stage demos in Srinagar

Residents from Karnah area from district Kupwara Saturday held protest demonstrations at Press Enclave here, demanding execution of work on a tunnel at Chowkibal.
Residents of Karnah stage demos in Srinagar
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Residents from Karnah area from district Kupwara Saturday held protest demonstrations at Press Enclave here, demanding execution of work on a tunnel at Chowkibal.

Protestors raised pro-justice slogans and urged authorities to start the work on project without any further delay. 

They said Karnah remains disconnected for several months in winters, causing immense hardship to the people of the area.

"The only road connecting the area with district headquarter Kupwara, has to pass over the Sadhana Top that remains under snow during winter months. Government has announced to construct a tunnel from Chowkibal to other side that would end this winter blockade of the area," said Tahir Qadoos, a protesotr. 

He said the blockade of the only road link with rest of the Kashmir during winter has immensely hit the economy as well as health care. 

"Recently a sick patient could not move to Srinagar for specialized treatment because of the road blockade," he said.

The protestors said that they had been promised construction of a vital tunnel many times but so far there has not been any progress on the initiation of project.

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