JAMMU, Jan 31: Laying stress for providing all weather connectivity to Chenab valley via railway, Air and transport links at par with capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, Senior Congress Lawmaker from Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori while speaking during the grants of Home, Tourism, GAD, Protocol, Hospitality departments, stressed the need for reviving the connectivity along the length and breadth of state especially Chenab Valley during the ongoing budget session underway at Jammu.
Saroori has asked the state government to take immediate steps on war footing with an aim to secure and safeguard the lifeline of state which is connectivity of different areas of the state with twin capitals viz Jammu and Srinagar. He while highlighting the economic and social importance Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel, has sorted early construction of the tunnel which was announced by the President of India in his priority sector of government’s developmental agenda so that it could connect twin capitals with a shortest possible alternate route. "This pivotal project could also prove a boon in elevating the economic status of Chenab valley" said Saroori.
“Government should take comprehensive steps to connect the Chenab valley with railway link between already existing Gool Railway junction to Kishtwar which will be the shortest possible rail link and will cost less as compared to railway line from Kathua-Basohli-Baderwah-Kishtwar”, Saroori informed and asked government to pursue the matter with union railway ministry for Gool-Kishtwar railway line. He has also asked government to come clean regarding the much hype construction of Airstrip at Kishtwar which is pending since long. He said that Chenab Valley which comprises of three districts viz; Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban with souls population of over 11 lacks should be connected with Rail, Air transport at par with Jammu, Srinagar that way various problems will be solved automatically.
Saroori also said that the situation in Kishtwar during 2016 Kashmir unrest was normal but still government have slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) on those people who have said “Naaray Dakbeer Allah Hoo Akbar”. He asked the government to immediate withdraw PSA on local people from Kishtwar including Molvi Abdul Qayoom Mattoo and Saif-Ud-din Bagwan.
He has also raised many public related issues including Special Police recruitment should be done in far flung areas of Chenab valley including Chatroo, Chingam, Passerkote, Singpora, Mugalmaidan, Sigdi, Thakraie, Keshwan, Sarthal, Tatani Saroor, Drabshalla, Phagsoo, Thathri, Kahara, Jakyas, and other areas, enhancement of SPO’s wages from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 10000 per month, sanctioning of Tourism development authority, Government should fulfill its promises by approving model hospitals in each constituency and must consider the Chenab valley development projects on priority, He also said the tourism related projects initiated in the Chenab valley must be taken up and completed within stipulated time.