Peeved at the stubborn approach of the Congress government and authorities of the national highway towards maintenance of the Nalagarh-Swarghat highway, sitting Bharatiya Janata Party legislator KL Thakur along with large number of farmers and workers sat on 36-hour hunger strike in Palika Bazaar at Nalagarh on Monday.
Earlier, the local administration did not allow the protestors to sit outside the office of sub-divisional magistrate to register their protest and imposed section 144 Crpc in the area in the morning.
Meanwhile, three-day long hunger strike of Kasauli legislator Rajeev Sehjal ended at district headquarters on Monday.
Earlier, the sitting BJP legislator of Nalagarh KL Thakur had submitted a memorandum to the government concerning the bad condition of the highway and lackadaisical approach of officials concerned in maintaining the road and construction of bridge over Chikni River and urging to initiate steps.
Notably, bumpy stretch of the highway between Nalagarh and Swarghat were making the journey to Baddi- Barotiwala- Nalagarh (BBN) unsafe and uncomfortable.
Commuters visiting the industrial area from Bilaspur and other parts of Haryana and Punjab find their journey not less than an uphill task as frequent traffic jams at Chikni bridge, en-route to Swarghat and potholes, pose a threat to their lives.
Hundreds of villagers, women folk, including various elected representatives of panchayati raj institutions and farmers of the constituency joined the legislator.
“The dawdling approach of Virbhadra Singh's government towards expediting developmental works in the Solan district, including his segment and officials concerned of highway, is indicative of that government has issued directions to overlook the area's problems,” said Thakur.
He added it was a matter of concern that in spite of laying foundation stone of the bridge over Chikni river seven years ago, the officials concerned were passing the buck on each other and had been delaying the works.
Holding the government responsible for the neglecting Nalagarh constituency, he said the agitation would be amplified if the government did not initiate any measures to address these problems.