Farmers block Jalandhar-Phagwara highway over pending cane arrears
Bharti Kisan Union’s Doaba unit general secretary Satnam Singh Sahni said the farmers left movement of traffic on one side of the Jalandhar-Phagwara highway undisrupted in view of the forthcoming Rakshabandhan and ongoing mela at Mata Chintpurni temple
Awaiting dues worth ₹72 crore from Phagwara sugar mills, scores of farmers on Monday began an indefinite protest by partially blocking the Jalandhar-Phagwara national highway. While the protesting farmers blocked only one side of the highway, they have threatened to stop movement of traffic on the other side as well in case the arrears were not cleared soon.
Bharti Kisan Union’s Doaba unit general secretary Satnam Singh Sahni said the farmers left movement of traffic on one side of the highway undisrupted in view of the forthcoming Rakshabandhan and ongoing mela at Mata Chintpurni temple.
“Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has not solved this issue in the last four months. We earlier met chief minister Bhagwant Mann and raised the issue of Phagwara sugar mills’ pending payments of the last three years. The government provided assurances several times but despite that the issue hasn’t been resolved, forcing us to call for the protest,” Sahni added.
The body’s president Manjit Singh Rai said the protesting framers will block railway lines and other major points of the national highway if required. “We earlier called off the protest twice after receiving an assurance from the state government but now we are left with no other option but to block the roads,” Rai added.
Diversion of routes by Kapurthala administration
Amid the ongoing farmers’ protests, Kapurthala administration on Monday diverted vehicular traffic on various routes. Light motor vehicles going from Jalandhar to Ludhiana were diverted from Mehtan bypass chowk towards Mehli bypass, Basra Palace leading to Khothran road and then Urban estate.
The heavy vehicles are diverted from Mehtan bypass chowk to Mehli bypass. While going from Ludhiana to Jalandhar, light vehicles were diverted via Mauli to Pandwa and then Hadiabad to LPU and then Chiheru. Heavy vehicles were diverted from Phillaur to Jandiala, Nakodar, and then Jalandhar.