A Delegatioion of Hotel & Restaurant Association Katra (HRAK) & PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry Jammu Region (PHDCCI) comprising of Rakesh Wazir Chairman PHDCCI & President HRAK,Shyam Lal Kesar Chairman HRAK,Virender Kesar District President Reasi PHDCCI,Ravi Nag Ward Councellor Katra Muncipality, Koushal Magotra PHDCCI Patnitop President, Press Club Katra President Rakesh Sharma,Gen.Secretary Arun Sharma,Sr.Vice President Sohan Kohli,Amit Sharam, Shubham Sharma,and people from media and others fields met Project Director National Highway Authority of India Ajay Kumar and apprised him that a peculiar type of situation has arisen at Ban Toll Plaza,District Jammu wherein the renewal of passes to Katra has once again been stopped.
M.Wazir while speaking on the occasion calrified to the Project Director that as per specified guidelines of the National Highway Authority of India passes to the people of Katra were issued right from the time of opening of the Ban Toll Plaza on the calrifications from then Deputy Commissioners of Jammu & Reasi on the communication of then Project Director, which specified the areas falling within 20 Kms and Katra was one of them and in addition to that though google is not an agency recognized by government but still if we see the distance between Katra to Ban it is comes 16 KMs and in some areas 17 Kms only thus discussion on giving or not of passes to Katra vehicles is un necessary. Mr.Shyam Lal Kesar while speaking on the occasion said that stoppage of renewing the already given passes issued to more than 800 vehicles that too since more than 4 years back i.e. from the time of starting of the Toll plaza is really surprising and asked that NHAI can take clarifications whatever it want to have but renewing of passes should not be stopped.
Mr.Virender Kesar said that if renewing of legal issued passes is stopped it will lead to major law & order and its total responsibility will lie on the Toll Post people & NHAI which regulates them.
Mr.Ajay Kumar listened the delegation patiently and said that confusion if any would be sorted out shortly including taking of fresh report from the Deputy Commissioner,Reasi within 3 months and till the time the renewal of passes will continue as it is and even besides that sympathetic consideration will be given to other ponits raised in the meeting.
The meeting among others was attended by,Ramneek Nawada,Jatinder Bakshi,Ravi Gandotra, Deepak Kumar, Anil Kumar etc.