Kullu: Resident of Kharahal valley, backed by BJP, today held a protest here over water scarcity and bad road condition in the region. Later they submitted a memo to the administration, demanding an early resolution to their problems.
Led by Ram Singh, a BJP general secretary, the protestors blamed the state government for ignoring public interests.
Addressing the protesting crowd, he said, “tenure of state government was nearing completion but basic needs Kharahal valley, which include sufficient drinking water and proper roads had been ignored. The government is not paying heed as there is no water supply in the valley for many days.”
He added that “plight of the road conditions only reveal the government’s apathy for the area. Problem becomes worse during tourist season when vehicular traffic increase on Ramshila – Bijali Mahadev road as is too narrow for smooth and uninterrupted flow of traffic. But the public works department (PWD) is unconcerned about the problem. On the other hand, road between Ramshila-Neuli-Laricote is ready to be used but no bus service has been started.
Seeta, a zilla parishad member said, “Many villages in the valley were facing acute shortage of water for the past many days and even after making the concerned department aware of the problem, no action have been taken. We have been compelled to protest. If problem persists, a larger protest would be held soon.”
The protesters later submitted a memo to the Governor with the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) office. District BJP leaders Vijendra Sen, Amar Thakur, Kuldeep Naiyar, Jagnath, Anil Rans, Reshama Thakur, Nes Ram among others participated in agitation.