JAMMU: Chairman Block Development Council Koteranka and a key political figure from district Rajouri, Javed Iqbal Choudhary has called upon the Jammu and Kashmir administration to grant tehsil status to Budhal.
In a representation to Lieutenant Governor’s administration giving out ten demands for district Rajouri, with focus on Koteranka and Budhal areas, Choudhary has sought attention to the most neglected areas.
“It is a tragedy of sorts that one of the most historical and among the oldest surviving towns of Jammu and Kashmir, Budhal has been awaiting Tehsil status for several decades”, said Javed. He recalled that it was way back in 1967 that Budhal was accorded Tehsil status but the office was relocated to Koteranka leaving Budhal with just Naib Tehsildar.
It is not just the historical and geographical importance of the area but also its sheer vastness that Budhal deserves elevation to Tehsil status at the earliest.
“Even as we trust Lieutenant Governor for his people friendly responses but we will organise peaceful movement of people to remind the government of this most genuine demand, he said.
Among the other points, Javed demanded Fire & Emergency Station at Koteranka, a Day Boarding School at Targain-Samote, early completion of Koteranka-Khawas Road, Banking facilities at Mandir Gala, Koteranka, Jamola and Peeri, up gradation of health facilities and posting of doctors, setting up BGSBU offsite campus at at an ideal location between Koteranka and Budhal.
Javed also urged the Honourable Lieutenant Governor to consider Peeri-Jamola-Koteranka-Khawas-Budhal circuit for special tourism projects. He said there can’t be any better place nearer to Jammu for tourist from across the country.
He also requested the government to expedite forest rights claims.