‘Review acquisition proceedings for Delhi-Jammu-Katra Expressway’

Jammu, June 10: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana today called on the government to review the acquisition proceedings for creating wayside amenities / facilities along the on-going Jammu-Katra Expressway by using state land for the same.

According to a statement issued here, Rana while interacting with the locals at Khanpur in Nagrota said expressed hope that the Highway Authority will desist from acquiring large quantity of private land.

“Rana demanded that the Expressway should be aligned in a manner that it causes least dislocation of the people and largely passes through state land. Alternate alignments and elevated corridors with least disturbance to the existing road and infrastructure should be put to use,” the statement reads.

He said the stretch Lakhanpur-Kunjwani -Sidhra -Udhampur has been recently widened and land has been acquired for the same thereby dislocating the population on the sides of the road. “Another attempt to dislocate them, who are just in the process of settling down is inhuman and unfair,” Rana said.

“Sharing the concern of the residents of Khanpur area in the Nagrota Assembly Constituency, whose private lands are being acquired for creating wayside amenities and parking facilities, Rana said the move sans logic as huge chunks of the government land is available all over,” it said. “Rana took up the issue with the Government and urged them to intervene into the matter of immense public importance. He hoped that the development will not be at the cost of the public inconvenience.”

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