Also opens newly-created Sub Division at Yuridoo, Marwah, tehsil office at Afti
MARWAH (KISHTWAR): In a significant achievement of far-reaching benefits for the remote and inaccessible areas of Kishtwar district, the Minister of State for Industries & Commerce, PWD & Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo inaugurated the Matigawran-Inshan-Marwah road up to Nawapachi during his three-day long tour to Marwah. He also inaugurated the Puarana Kadal motorable bridge connecting Marwah to other areas of the district.
The Minister was accompanied by the District Development Commissioner, Javed Ahmad Khan, DIG DKR, Ashkoor Wani, SSP Kishtwar, Sanjay Kotwal, ADDC Kishtwar, A S Chib, and other concerned district officers.
The construction of this road had been a long pending demand of the people of the area.
Speaking to a huge public gathering, Kichloo stated that the road will provide much-needed connectivity to the people of the catchment as they had to travel long distances on foot. “The road connectivity will boost economic activity in the region and attract visitors to the area which is bestowed with nature’s abundant beauty,” he said, adding that the construction of the road was an uphill task, keeping in view the rough and rugged terrain of the area.
The Minister said the Government is spending Rs. 220 crore on Kishtwar-Marwah Road to provide all-weather connectivity.
The Minister stated that presently it will be a fair-weather road and the Government is considering making it a full-weather road by exploring the possibility of constructing Nawapachi-Chingam and Inshan-Matigawran tunnels. Marwah and Warwan remain snow-bound and cut off for seven months in winter.
The Minister, while congratulating the people of the area, stated that the present Coalition Government during its tenure took the onerous task of developing remote and far-flung areas on priority so as to provide them basic facilities at par with the other parts of the State. “The Government, under the able leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has created new administrative units for better governance and taking the Government on people’s doorsteps,” he said and added that several areas falling in Kishtwar district have benefited by people-friendly measures of the present regime.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister also announced sanction of Yuridoo-Qaderna road to be taken up under PMGSY for which work on the project will commence shortly.
Kichloo said the creation of Sub Division headquarters’ office Yuridoo in Marwah and tehsil office at Afti, Warwan, also in Marwah will go a long way in redressing adequately the grievances of the people. The Minister also inaugurated the new SDM and Tehsil Office and also laid foundation stone of Nawapachi-Hanzal road.
In order to provide basic amenities to the people of the area, the Minister assured that he will take up with the concerned department the issue of providing free Solar Home Lighting System to uncovered un-electrified villages. “We also need to explore new water supply schemes in the area which has a great discharge level so that people have access to safe potable drinking water,” he said and added that he has also taken up with the concerned telecom companies to immediately complete construction of towers to provide much-needed cellular connectivity to the area. He also announced release of Rs. 10 lakh out of his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for providing generator sets to make these towers functional.
The people, on the occasion, welcomed the Minister and apprised him of their day to day problems. He assured speedy remedial action and issued on-spot instructions to the concerned district administration.
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