Karnah residents protest in Srinagar, demand construction of Sadhna tunnel
Srinagar, March 15: The residents of Karnah tehsil of Kupwara district on third consecutive day staged a protest demonstration against the Governor’s administration for failing to construct a tunnel from Karnah to Kupwara.
Scores of the protestors while chanting anti-administration
slogans assembled in Srinagar’s press colony and demanded the tunnel at the
earliest. “The roads from Kupwara to
Karnah traverse through Sadna pass which is prone to avalanche, landslides,
shooting stones and mud washes,” said one of the protestors.
“More than 200 casualties have been recorded so far from this
death track. Every year, people become a victim of fatal accidents while
passing through this road,” he added.
Another protester said that the same road becomes more deadly in
winters as people are bound to travel through it frequently to get their
livelihood stock from the main town.
Pertinently, the Karnah residents have been protesting in
Srinagar from last three consecutive days as according to them they get
disconnected with rest of the world for almost half of the year once the winter
sets in Kashmir. But the tunnel has been their long pending demand.
They said the last incident that happened on the Karnah road was
on March 11, 2019, just two days back, and that claimed the life of three young
“If the government is unable to meet our genuine demands, then
we want the opening of Teetwal-Muzafarabad –Uri route as an alternate route so
that we can easily travel through this route to the valley,” said another