A delegation led by Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh on Friday met Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to follow up on the issue of construction of Sadhna tunnel on Kupwara-Karnah road already raised by the Chief Minister, said an official spokesman, in a statement.
“The legislators apprised the minister about the problems faced by the people of Kupwara, especially Karnah as the road to the area remains closed for more than six months owing to heavy snow,” said the statement.
“They said construction of the tunnel at Sadhna would make the road an all-weather link and help save the lives of the people besides being important with defence point of view.”
They informed the Defence Minister that ten civilians and a border roads organisation (BRO) officer were killed earlier this year in an avalanche at Sadhna top.
“The Defence Minister gave patient hearing to the delegation and said that Chef Minister has already raised the issue with her and assured that their demands will be looked into,” said the statement.