Why isn’t Govt declaring Srinagar-Leh road open, asks NC
‘Zojilla pass is open but awaiting a photo-op’
Srinagar: National Conference on Friday asked the Central Government and the State Government why the Srinagar-Leh road wasn’t being thrown open to traffic despite reports that the Zojilla pass was now open and through.
A spokesman of NC, in a statement said that numerous delegations from Kargil and Leh called on NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani at Party Headqaurters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ on Friday and said the delay in opening the road was causing great inconvenience to people as the authorities were seemingly waiting for a photo-op ceremony before opening the route.
The NC Provincial President said such a crucial route that is the only connection between Ladakh and the rest of the State should not be held hostage to photo-opportunities and ceremonies as the inadvertent delay had a direct bearing on the day-to-day lives of the people and the local economy.
The National Conference Provincial President also met various delegations of government contractors from the State who apprised him of the continued delay in the release of pending payments to them to the tune of nearly a thousand crore.
The NC Provincial President expressed disappointment at the confusion, indifference and casual approach of the Government in resolving this issue and said despite the revocation of the PAO System the pending liabilities were not being cleared by the Government.
“Now I’ve been given to understand that the Government has decided to release funds to clear only 15% of the pending liabilities for now. This is yet another disappointment and indicates the absolute collapse of the State’s Financial Systems which in turn has a dilapidating effect on the State’s development and economy”, the NC Provincial President said.