‘Unfortunate when people should be demanding schools, playfields, they are seeking protection from firepower’
Construction of tunnel on Sadhna top, ST status to Paharis taken up with Centre
TANGHDAR(KARNAH), SEPTEMBER 19: Appealing for peace between India and Pakistan, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today sought end to hostilities between the two countries on the borders saying it is the people of the State who suffer the brunt of these skirmishes.
Addressing a well attended public meeting here after laying the foundation of some developmental projects in the area, the Chief Minister appealed the leadership of both the countries to work for maintaining peace on the borders. She said the people of Jammu & Kashmir have been the worst victims of this hostility which has led to the killing of people, dislocations and damages to the property on both the sides. She said the recent skirmishes along the border area has led many people to migrate who are living in pitiable conditions.
Mehbooba Mufti said peace in the State and between the two South Asian countries holds key to the progress and development in the region. She said it is very unfortunate that when people should have been demanding facilities of schools, hospitals, playfields and hospitals, they are seeking construction of bunkers to save them from firepower. She said it is a point to ponder what have the people achieved from the hostility of 70 years.
Flagging friendship as the only way forward, the Chief Minister said with peace and cooperation new vistas of progress and development for the people could be opened. She said given its picturesque beauty, Teetwal and Tanghdar areas could be developed as major tourist spots. This would give the local economy a major fillip like it has given to Ladakh tourism.
Responding to the local demands, the Chief Minister said she has already taken up with the Centre the construction of tunnel on the Sadhna pass so that connectivity between Kupwara and Tanghdar is kept open round the year. She said the State Government has recommended to the Centre grant of ST status to members of Pahari community and she would again take up the matter with the Prime Minister.
Mehbooba Mufti also announced upgradation of the local hospital into a model hospital with all modern diagnostic facilities. She also announced to start a helicopter service to Tanghdar on the pattern of Gurez and Kishtwar air services. A special sub division of PDD would also be set up here”, she also announced. She added work on Sadhna-Chambkoot road being built by BRO would be paced up and possibilities of upgradation of Gatra and Nachia schools would be explored.
Mehbooba Mufti assured the people of the area that she has a special affection for the area given the difficulties, both Natural and manmade, they have been living in.
On the occasion, several political workers of different parties announced their joining into the PDP.
Minister for Rural Development & Law, Abdul Haq Khan and Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar; Member, Rajya Sabha, Fayaz Ahmad Mir; legislators, Raja Manzoor and Farooq Mirchal also addressed the gathering.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Chief Engineer, R&B, Abdul Hamid Sheikh, several heads of Departments; Deputy Commissioner, Khalid Jehangir and other officers were present on the occasion.
Mehbooba kick starts Rs. 64 cr worth dev works at Tanghdar
Lays foundation of Gabra, Dhani-Taad roads; model villages at Taad, Hajitara, Gabra
TANGHDAR(KARNAH), SEPTEMBER 19: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who was on a day’s visit to this border area, laid the foundation of several developmental projects valuing around Rs. 64 crore.
The Chief Minister laid the foundation of 15 kilometre long Tanghdar to Gabra road via Hajitara which would be constructed in two years. Work on the project has already been started, she was informed on the occasion.
Mehbooba Mufti also laid the foundation of Dhani-Taad road. The 9.5 kilometre road would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 13.50 crore and this too would be completed within a period of two years.
The Chief Minister also kick started the work on developing cluster Model villages at Gabra, Hajitara and Taad. The cumulative cost of the project would be Rs. 39 crore and it would involve an integrated approach to develop basic amenities of connectivity, power supply, clean drinking water, health facilities etc. Rs. five crore have been earmarked for developing educational institutions in these villages which would be equipped with modern teaching and learning tools.
Minister for Rural Development & Law, Abdul Haq Khan; Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar; Member, Rajya Sabha, Fayaz Ahmad Mir; legislators, Raja Manzoor and Farooq Mirchal; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Chief Engineer, R&B, Abdul Hamid Sheikh, several heads of Departments; Deputy Commissioner, Khalid Jehangir and other officers were present on the occasion.