Shopian Sarpanchs decry media report on Shah Kul

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SHOPIAN: A number Sarpanches and prominent citizens of Shopian villages who form the catchment of Shah Kul have decried a Jammu based newspaper for carrying false news about Shah Kul.

In a signed statement, the Sarpanches of these 41 villages said Shah Kul was a dream for our fore fathers and its revival has rekindled prospects of good economy for the region. They said revival of Shah Kul was so impossible that at one time it was compared to the azadi of Kashmir.

The signatories to the statement said with the revival of Shah Kul the area got noticed on tourist map and we started rethinking on horticulture as a viable economic option. They said the project was so important to the area that they volunteered to do Hal Shiree in its distribution network.

The statement said they fail to understand when some project which benefited them was near completion how a malicious campaign was launched against it. It smacks of a conspiracy against our villages, they said.

The Sarpanches have thanked previous Irrigation Minister Choudhary Taj Mohiuddin who came to their rescue whenever they faced problems. He let our dreams come true and ensure that a sustained livelihood was ensured for us with the revival of this canal.

They have demanded apology from the said newspaper for having hit them without any provocation.

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