After years of waiting, an expression of excitement came to Naik Sanju Ram's face, when he heard that the construction of the road that would lead to his ancestral home at Triambali, had started. Sanju, an army man of the 19 Dogra Regiment lost his legs in a blast in Srinagar during patrolling on September 6, 2012.
"It was the happiest moment of my life to hear about this road consrtruction. I am going to retire in March and now I am hopeful that I will reach my village on my own" said Sanju.
He thanked HT for raising the issue.
On his visit to his home town Jogindernagar, Sanju used to feel disappointed on not being able to reach his native village, as there were no roads.
"I feel disgusted when four people carry me on their shoulders for attending social functions," said Sanju.
He, along with villagers, had contacted politicians and bureaucrats a number of times, and had urged them to construct roads for Karkuin, Jahal, Molthi and Triambali villages, as all of them were suffering because of its absence.
"Apart from not being able to reach my village on my own, I was also worried about other people living in the area, who travel on foot in emergencies, and are hesitant to send their wards, especially girls to far off places for higher education, due to absence of road. Now I hope things would change," added Sanju.
The villagers have given their no objection certificate to the public works department (PWD), and the member of the legislative assembly Gulab Singh Thakur has announced to give Rs 1.5 lakh as an aid to construct the road.
Meanwhile, Jogindernagar division PWD executive engineer BS Barwal said that the detailed project report (DPR) of the road was ready and the estimated cost was approximately Rs 20 lakh.
Barwal added that the DPR would be submitted to the government through Mandi deputy commissioner for budget approval.
He said, "Nearly 100 bigha of land fall under forest area and forest department will issue no objection certificate (NOC) after the issue of the budget.
However, Barwal denied any kind of delay in starting the construction in the past, and said that a JCB was sent to the site for cutting work on Thursday.
He added that the work would be speeded-up after the approval of final budget and NOC from forest department.