Col Mahan successfully builds consensus among people to provide land

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NABARD funded road to connect Pretha, Plassi with Plakh

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BASOHLI: District Development Council (DDC) Kathua Chairman, Col Mahan Singh (Retd.) on Monday visited Pretha, Khaloo, Wadi, Marthni areas of Pretha, Plassi and Plakh Panchayats of Basohli Sub District to take stock of the problems and issues of the residents of these areas here today.
The main purpose of today’s visit was to build a consensus among the residents of these areas for providing their land for the construction of road in these isolated and backward areas which have remained cut off from mainland due to water of the majestic Ranjit Sagar Dam.
It is pertinent to mention here that the poor residents in these hamlets continue to be devoid of due development and facilities thus affecting their daily lives. The 3 Km road estimated to cost Rs. 5 crore to be funded by NABARD will be connecting Pretha & Plassi Panchayats with Plakh Panchayat and shall be executed by Basohli PWD (R&B) Division.
The DDC Chairman successfully brought consensus among the residents on the aforesaid issue and they agreed to provide land for construction of the significant road by the government. Col Mahan Singh explained to the residents mostly belonging to the tribal community, the significance of roads that act as life line for every area especially for the remote and far flung areas. He said that Modi led Government at the Centre has prioritized the overall development of rural areas with main focus on far flung and remote areas. He said by providing land for the construction of road the Govt will ensure that this project is completed at the earliest thus transforming the overall scenario of these areas and the villages in their vicinity.
The people of these Panchayats after motivation by the DDC Chairman were jubilant and full of praise for Modi Govt and in unison declared to provide land voluntarily for the project which is for their benefit. They said that PM Modi has come as a Messiah for these people and the construction of road in the area shall be his greatest gift to them in the 75th year of Independence.
The DDC Chairman expressed gratitude to the Modi Government and the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha for taking keen interest in the development of remotest corners of the Union Territory of J&K.