Ahead of the nine-phased panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir from November 17, residents of Hanga-Noori panchayat in Doda district have launched ‘no road, no vote’ campaign, as part of which they plan to not exercise their franchise, if their road complaints are not addressed.
Hanga-Noori panchayat, located in the western hills of Bhadarwah town, is crippled by poor road connectivity, locals alleged, adding that their prime demand is the restoration, black-topping and macadamization of the critical Domail-Hanga Road.
Irked by the “attitude” of the authorities, the villagers of Hanga panchayat met representatives of adjoining villages and discussed the road connectivity issue at Gathi Morh Hanga. After the meeting, it was unanimously decided that locals will not cast their votes in the upcoming panchayat elections, the residents said.
Since then the ‘no road, no vote’ has taken off. The residents have demonstrated in public areas with placards, pasted related posters and have “endlessly” urged the authorities to repair the damaged portion of the six-km-long Domail-Hanga Road and complete other related works. Built in 1960 by the forest department, the Domail-Hanga Road was the first link road to Chenab Valley from here.