Kupwara: The blockade of Karnah-Kupwara road in north Kashmir has resulted into death of two ailing persons in recent days while a huge population is suffering due to the disconnection and non-availability of medical facilities. The road is blocked for the ninth consecutive day and the authorities have taken little efforts to restore the highway.
The locals said that the administration failed to press men and machinery to clear the accumulated snow on roads, leaving the people to lurch.
They said two elderly patients–Habib Joo, 75, and Resham Jan, 65, died because they could not get medical care. According to the deceased’s families both the patients had severe health problems and doctors advised to refer them to Srinagar for advanced treatment but due to the road closure they could not be moved.
Shakeel Begum, a local lady died in Jammu last week but even eight days after her death, the body could not reach her village for the last rites. The residents approached the authorities but no assistance was provided to them. “After the government failed to lend any helping hand, the family members of the deceased lady with the help of residents of Chowkibal, carried the body on their shoulders and walked 15kilometers on snow-clad road on Sadhna top.
Alleging that the Beacon machines are lying defunct, the residents said the authorities are ignoring the population perpetually. “We have been left to face hardships due to the closure of Karnah-Kupwara road,” they said.
The inhabitants said the authorities promised a few days back that the road will be reopened after some hours but nothing has happened even after several days.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan said that the administration is closely monitoring the situation and is proving all possible help to the people of far flung areas.
Karnah legislator Raja Manzoor Ahmad said that he has sought permanent helicopter service for the Karnah areas till a tunnel at Sadhna top is constructed.