Leh, October 4. All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the state, addressed a large public gathering at the Polo Ground in Leh today.
In his address, Rahul Gandhi termed the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) as the best model of an institution in terms of decentralisation of power, which plans and monitors the developmental activities at the district level.
While laying the foundation of a tunnel at ‘Z-Morh’ in Sonamarg today, the Congress leader stressed that Ladakh needed connectivity, infrastructural development and education.
The 6.5-km-long two-lane tunnel is being built at a cost of Rs 2,717 crore. It will be constructed by the Border Roads Organisation in five years. “This project is a step towards connecting Ladakh with the rest of the regions through an all-weather road,” he said.
He also assured early approval of the construction of a tunnel at the Zojila by the Central government, adding they were also considering the option of having an all-weather road from Korzok via the Parangla.
Rahul also held a meeting with the councilors of the LAHDC, during which the chief executive councilor of the LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar, apprised him about the developmental schemes being implemented in the district and rehabilitation of the 2010 cloudburst flashflood victims. The Congress general secretary was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh, Pradesh Congress Committee state president Saif-ud-Din Soz and senior congress leader Mohan Prakash.
In his welcome address, state Tourism and Culture Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora told Rahul that politics in Ladakh was based on achievement and performance, which was not found anywhere in the country. He said the Nehru family had special concern for the people of Ladakh.