|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Mar 23: Despite funds provided by Union Government to state government, the former Minister Abdul Gani Kohli, ex-MLA Kalakote, could not fetch monry for Siot-Kalakote road.
Hoodwinking the masses, the Minister however, in April 2016 managed to start repairing work, instead of widening the said road, but could not complete it. "The dilapidated road is a major setback in development of Kalakote, the 22 Killometer stretch that connect Kalakote with main Jammu-Poonch highway at Siot, is in shambles for more than a decade", the local said and added that the governor's administration took many steps to develop the state, but sub-division Kalakote remained untouched.
"Despite having Degree College, Sub district hospital, ITI and other sub divisional offices in Town, we lack a good road network", said Pritam Singh, a local remembering PM Modi's speech at Rajouri prior to Assembly elections, we voted for BJP, but the BJP could not delivered what they promised.
"During past years we got nothing new, even the post of SDM upgraded as ADC became due over a month long agitation", Kirpal Singh and added BJP got huge vote and registered its first victor with huge margin, in hotbed of National Conference, where people preferred NC over BJP, Congress even after two month long Bham-Bham Bhole agitation in 2008.
"Unfortunately, neither Modi nor state government took notice of public's suffering", said Pradeep Sharma and added that works on Reasi-Rajouri highway begun atleast 15 years ago, and Kalakote, a town falls between two district headquarters is still for away from being part of national highway, however, the work on bothside is in progress but it very slow pace.
"If you talk about Kalakote-Siot road, it is enough to show what Kohli saab has done with us, fortunately, being a cabinet Minister he did not bother to highlight suffering of his masses", said Jasvir Singh and added that despite huge expenditure on the road, as work begun in April 2016, one would fine road in pits, not pits in road.
"We appeal the Governor to take action against the concerned agency that executing the works and also against the contractor, who siphoned huge public money rather that spending for the purpose", the locals said.