National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Sunday stressed the need for increased inter-regional road connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing NC workers and functionaries at Kulan, Kund in Kangan, Abdullah said that better road connectivity increases the prospects of development.
“The road infrastructure in J&K saw a consistent improvement during the government led by Omar Abdullah. However, the former PDP-BJP wittingly chose to halt work on all the vital road projects of our state,” he said.
He said there has been no headway in the vital projects like Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel, Z-Morh tunnel and Sadhna Top tunnel. “Besides, the proposed tunnel on the Mughal road is also nowhere in sight,” he said.
Abdullah said the move to connect various regions of the state with each other would have brought people of those regions together. “We unfortunately didn’t see any advance in providing better inter-regional connectivity between all the regions of our state in the last four and a half years,” he said, adding that even today the people living in the far flung areas in J&K crave for basic amenities during the winter months.
“Most of the frontier regions of our state get disconnected with rest of the state when there is heavy snowfall,” he said.
He said the NC-led governments have always taken a lead towards bridging the physical barriers between all the regions of the state. “It was Sher- e -Kashmir who conceptualized the Mughal road and took up it in 1979 and named it as Mughal road,” he said.
“But the project came to a halt subsequently owing to prohibition by certain forces who did not want to see us united,” he said.
“Once elected to parliament along with my team comprising HasnainMasoodi and Muhammad Akbar Lone Sahib, I will raise the issue in the parliament,” he said in a statement.
The incumbent BJP led central government didn’t invest in the road infrastructure in J&K. “Throughout their stint in power, the BJP meted out a step motherly treatment to our state. Even the inner district roads are in a shambles, the main arterial roads, alleys are dotted with potholes. The situation of road infrastructure in the city itself is presenting a tale of neglect. If the road infrastructure of Srinagar city is in a shambles, one can only imagine the condition of roads in remote areas,” he said.
The incumbent governor administration “proved no better” in mitigating the infrastructure related issues of the state, he said.
He said the “bravado” created by the former PDP-BJP government on various projects in the state turned out to be a damp squib. He said the work on many vital projects in the state is nowhere in sight.
Meanwhile he visited the grief stricken family of late Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh of KullanGund to condole the demise of late Sheikh Sahib’s wife and sister of GhulamQadirAkhoon.
The party President was accompanied by party General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamal and provincial President Nasir AslamWani.