Following protests by the residents of Naulakha-Dadaur area of Balh valley against the construction of the four-lane Kirtpur-Nerchowk highway, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), on Thursday, said that it will conduct a survey in order to divert the highway from the Dhanesari to Dadaur through left bank of Suketi river.
The authority will submit its report in 15 days.
The deputy commissioner of Mandi Devesh Kumar, on Thursday, invited the protestors to meet to sort out their issues. After the meeting, which was attended by forest officials, revenue officials and pradhan of local gram panchayat, Joginder Walia, Presidnet of the joint front, which was constituted by the villagers to protest against the project, said that villagers are hopeful the diverting the highway will avoid the displacement of the 20,000 residents of the area, most of whom have them have their agriculture lands and business on both sides NH-21, between Chandigarh and Manali, and have to frequently cross the road.
The residents of the area have been agitating since the announcement of the project.