JSM submits memorandum, highlights discrimination
Jammu: To aware the Union Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gatkari about the discrimination being faced by Jammu region in all fields by the J&K Government and the Governments at the Centre, Jammu State Morcha (JSM), today submitted a memorandum and apprised him about the position of road connectivity of Jammu province which is one of essential infrastructure and a major tool required for the development.
In his memorandum, JSM President Prof. Virender Gupta said that road connectivity is one of essential infrastructure and a major tool required for the development and the progress of the people of any area. But no proper attention has been given to develop the roads and other transport means in Jammu province. The critical condition of the roads, particularly in the mountainous areas of Jammu province is causing great hardships to the people living in the remote areas. The roads form Batote to Kishtwar and Doda and other interlinks in the hilly terrain are completely in bad shape and are causing frequent road accidents resulting into the loss of precious lives.
Referring to bad weather condition during the winter season, Gupta said that the people residing in these areas remain disconnected from rest of the world. It is a sorry affair that the more than 50 per cent of the funds allocated by the Government of India for the constructions of roads remain unspent.
He pointed out that Jammu region has 4200 km of road network as against 6700 km in Kashmir region while area of the regions is 26293 Sq. Km and 15893 Sq. Km respectively of Jammu province. Thus in Kashmir, the road network covers about 50 percent of its area where as in Jammu it covers about 20 percent of its area.
Gupta stressed upon the Minister to address the report of Task Force constituted by under the Chairmanship of Dr. C. Rangarajan submitted in November 2006.