BJP leads fruit growers protest against poor roads

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SHIMLA
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2014 20:47 IST

Repeated delays in widening of state high way connecting Theogh - Hatkoti- Rohru had been a rallying point for both -- ruling Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. To vent their anger against poor road considered the lifeline of apple growing region, locals mobilised by the BJP staged protest in different locations.

Widening of the road stretch between Theogh to Hatkoti was re-tendered in October last year after the Chinese firm Long Jiang Road Bridge construction company was blacklisted for delays in completion of the project initiated in 2008 by Prem Kumar Dhumal Government.

The widening work made little headway even after re-tendering. With apple harvesting about to commence by June-end, the growers are worried about the transportation of the fruit which is the mainstay of the local economy.

The BJP workers accompanied by the fruit growers staged protest along road side in Jhaltar and Koku Nullah, where the bridges of the main road are in bad shape. Later, the BJP workers led by former horticulture minister Narender Bragta staged a protest in Kotkhai and submitted a memorandum to the government through the tehsildhar.

"Congress played politics on condition of the Theogh - Hatkoti road during the assembly elections. It made a lot of hue and cry in the elections. It's ironical even after one-and-half-year, the work has still not started on the road," former horticulture minister Narender Bragta told the protesters.

"Dilapidated bridges can lead to a big tragedy and the government should do something before it is too late," said he, adding that the government was only hoodwinking the people by making false claims in the media about the progress on the road connecting Theogh and Hatkoti.

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