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JAMMU: A delegation of Panthers Party led by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman JKNPP and former Minister, on Thursday called upon the authorities of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and submitted a memorandum to Regional Officer alleging abandonment of work on four laning of Udhampur-Chenani road by the construction company causing huge inconvenience to commuters besides heavy traffic jams due to dilapidated condition of road.The memorandum stated, “The construction work with regard to four laning of the aforesaid road allotted to a private company is in doldrums with hardly any progress having been achieved during the past five years. The stretch from Udhampur to Chenani in particular is in complete shambles with even the earlier two lane having been badly damaged and rendered unfit for traffic. There are huge traffic jams with vehicles remaining stranded for several hours each day on the same stretch due to dilapidated condition of the road whose plight has been worsened due to highly negligent and lackadaisical rather criminal approach of the construction company in executing the said work. Further the valley bound vehicles and other traffic to Doda and Ramban districts and tourist traffic to Patnitop is also delayed by several hours due to extremely pathetic condition of the road stretch. There are frequent accidents on the said road due to its shabby condition. Moreover the resentment among the locals of the area is brewing with each passing day against the said company. And while the construction company has miserably failed to execute the work, the NHAI is also accountable to the public for having given undue concessions and leverage to the construction company without any justifiable reason. The affected people besides the public of district Udhampur therefore calls upon the NHAI to take remedial penal action against the said company besides termination of the contract and its immediate completion failing which the people under the aegis of Panthers party would be forced to Gherao the concerned authorities besides approaching the Central vigilante organizations. Hope this is treated urgent.”Gagan Pratap Singh State Secretary, Purshottam Parihar State Secretary PTU and Surinder Chouhan District President (Jammu Rural) accompanied Harsh Dev to submit the said memorandum.
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