Bandipora, a town where development has taken a back seat

Bandipora, a town where development has taken a back seat

Ejaz-ul-haq
Bandipora: Development in north Kashmir’s Bandipora town continues to remain a distant dream with the region not witnessing a single developmental initiative for years.
Bandipora-Srinagar road, District Hospital at Nusoo, Maternity Hospital at Pazalpora, Athwatoo Bridge and scores of other projects continue to remain in limbo.
Shabby roads, power and water crisis have also added to the miseries of the people.
Locals said they had much expectations with the new regime that it would take Bandipora towards the new horizons of development but no major effort was visible on ground even after the new government completed its six months in office.
“As far as development scenario after the state elections in Bandipora is concerned, I personally don’t see anything concrete on ground except some of the link roads of the town being macadamized by the R&B department as per its routine annual plan,” said Jahangeer Mohiuddin, a local resident.
He added that the incumbent MLA and the local administration seem to be in slumber.
“We don’t have any IGNOU study centre or a public library. The Degree College is without basic infra-structure, it’s even without fencing.”
Accusing local MLA of reneging on his promises made during elections, district youth president PDP, Towheed Sheikh said that the MLA has so far “failed to represent” the people of Bandipora.
“There are protests every day on the streets of Bandipora for water and electricity shortage. Our MLA cannot even address these basic issues, not to talk of major issues. People of Bandipora are now regretting their wrong decision,” Towheed claimed.
MLA Bandipora, Usman Majeed said that the development was nowhere to be seen in any constituency after elections and that to single out his constituency would not be appropriate.
“How much money is being spent on developmental projects in the state? Whatever development is taking place, it is from the previous financial quota,” Usman asked.
“If the people of Bandipora are complaining about the development of the area, their grievances are based on facts. The PDP-BJP alliance has not only failed the people of Bandipora but the people of the state as a whole,” he said, adding that the special package to the state was a cruel joke on part of the PDP-BJP alliance.