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PIL filed in J&K High Court over delay in opening of Kishtwar-Sinthan road
9/24/2020 11:05:50 PM
ASIF IQBAL NAIK
EARLY TIMES REPORT

JAMMU, Sept 24: After repeated requests and pleas made to open Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag-Marwah road went unnoticed, the locals now finally knocked the doors of Jammu and Kashmir High Court for seeking directions for the government and district administration Kishtwar to make the road available for vehicular movement for the general public.
As per the details available with “Early Times”, 65 year old Ghulam Rasool Magray, son of Ghulam Mohammad Magray of Nowapachi, Tehsil Marwah, District Kishtwar through Advocate Nazim-ud-Din Qazi has filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in J&K High Court along with an application for the grant of interim relief from the High Court.
In the PIL, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir through its Chief Secretary, Civil Secretariat, Jammu/Srinagar, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation through Executive Director (FAA) NHIDCL, Sector-6, Channi Himmat, Jammu. and Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar has been made the party.
The petitioner stated that the people of Marwah and Warwan have been barred to travel through Sinthan-Kishtwar road, adding that these people have to travel all the way from Anantnag, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar via Banihal highway covering more than 300 kms of journey which can be covered in few hours if Sinthan Top road is opened for commuters.
The petitioner stated that these poor people are deprived of genuine right to dignified life due to failure and utter dismay of district administration who has kept the road blocked for more than 5 months now without any justification.
On 05-09-2020, the petitioner had approached Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar to open Sinthan-Kishtwar road at an earliest but till today Deputy Commissioner is not giving any heed to the voice of the people, adding that the petitioner and inhabitants of Tehsil Marwah are craving for the opening of Sinthan Road so that they can reach district Kishtwar in a hassle free manner.
The petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India was moved for issuance of an appropriate writ, order, command or directions more particularly in the nature commanding and directing the respondents to open the Sinthan-Kishtwar Road for the movement of the general public and public transport without any further delay. Further directing the respondents to explain why the road has remained closed for quite long time which has caused so many hardships and inconvenience for the inhabitants of the area beside that respondents be directed to submit the status report with regard to the steps undertaken by the authorities with regard to restoration and maintenance of the road which is in a dilapidated condition.
Speaking to Early Times, Ghulam Rasool Magrey said that there is huge population residing in Tehsil Marwah and Warwan areas of District Kishtwar and the government constructed a road called Sinthan-Kishtwar Road to facilitate for the people of Marwah and Warwan which constitutes approximately 28 big villages consisting of thousands of population.
However, the road remained closed for winter season and in the summer season the said road was opened for vehicular traffic only to provide basic road facilities to the people residing in the areas of Tehsil Marwah and Warwan.
He said that people had to travel to District Headquarter for various official works since the majority of the offices sanctioned for Marwah Sub Division operates from District Headquarter.
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