Taxila: Hundreds of villagers from Jand gathered at the under-construction China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) road to protest the National Highway Authority (NHA) and other authorities for failing to build a service road connecting their communities, which have been cut off from one another due to the mega project.

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Villagers from Barwala, Hadwali, Dhoke Habib, Dhoke Nikka, Ratti Dandi, and Dhoke Sarfaraz, largely from Trapp union council villages, congregated near Barwala and obstructed traffic. Protesters held banners and posters with their demands written on them.

The demonstrators told reporters that the CPEC route had shut them off from each other, and that the villages had been cut off from each other. According to them, the affected villagers had brought the issue to the attention of local representatives as well as NHA and other department heads, but to no avail.

They claimed that a service route between Dhoke Sarfaraz and the Tarrap Interchange was required. Villagers will be unable to go to other locations once the road is operating, according to Ahmed Khan, another protester.

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According to the protesters, connecting roads were built in numerous localities along the Islamabad-Peshawar (M-1) and Islamabad-Lahore (M-2) highways to help local inhabitants.

The demonstrators dispersed when employees from a construction company informed them that their complaints would be brought to the attention of the appropriate authorities in Islamabad.

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