Hajin residents repair damaged bund

Gowhar Maqbool

Hajin: In absence of any government help, the residents of Hajin Thursday volunteered to repair the damaged embankment of Jhelum River at Banginyaree.
Locals alleged that despite tall claims, no government official has visited the area since rains lashed the Valley. They said that the embankment in the area was damaged at several places and residents of scores of villages were living in constant fear.
They said that due to land erosion, a large chunk of the embankment was damaged to a large extent.
“No one came to repair this portion of the bund, so we decided fill the damaged embankments on our own. The residents of Sonawari in general and of Hajin in particular are living in constant fear because of the weak embankments,” the residents said.
As per reports, the Relief Committee Hajin, constituted last year during floods, made announcement on loudspeakers asking people to volunteer for reconstruction and repairing of the embankments.
“From Deputy Commissioner Bandipora to MLA Sonawari, Mohammad Akbar Lone, we went to everyone but no one paid attention to our requests. So we decided that we should repair the embankments on our own to save the area,” Mohammad Assadullah, head of the relief committee, said.
The residents said that though the embankment suffered large scale damage during last year’s flood, so far, government has made no effort to repair it.
Sub Divisional Magistrate Sumbal, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat acknowledged that the bund at Banginyaree was in dilapidated condition.
He, however, said that administration was making every possible effort to safeguard the residents. “People shouldn’t panic as work to repair the embankments has been taken,” he said.
“We have given the project to repair the embankments at Banginyaree to a contractor who has delayed the work. I visited the area four times on Wednesday and we are monitoring the situation.”
He said that the administration has deployed men and machinery to the area to repair the damaged portions of the bund. “ Around 30 tippers are carrying the material required to repair the bund. We have also set up a control room there,” he added.