Dooru (Sopore): The attributes to this scenic village in north Kashmir’s are more than one. It is one of the most sought-after villages in the area for its centrality and proximity to Wullar Lake. But, its present status is because it is the native village of the veteran azaadi leader and Chairman of All parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The largest village of Zainageer area deserved to be developed as a model village but on the contrary, it is lacking even the basic facilities. The callous attitude of the administration has given the village a medieval look.
Geographically, the village is very close to Sopore and should have been equipped with town-like facilities. The villagers say that they have been neglected systematically. The healthcare, road connectivity, education or any other facility, the village has altogether been neglected. It seems that the village doesn’t exist on the governance map of the state.
The inhabitants of Dooru said that they have been discriminated against by the successive governments on every front and all the political parties’ members claimed that once voted to power all the genuine issues would be solved. Major link-roads, drinking water facilities, health care and education have been neglected by the government.
The lone High School of Dooru village is submerged under water since weeks. However, there is no government intervention towards this school. During winters we made a request to the Block Divisional officer, and in response he put trucks of soil in the school yard but that has enhanced our difficulty as little rain makes very difficult for the students to even walk. As a result, they are constrained to leave the school on wet days, head-master Tahira Jabeen said.
“It is really difficult for us to teach kids in such condition. We have made so many requests to local administration but all our requests have fallen on deaf years. No government official or MLA of our constituency has paid any visit to this village. This is because of the political reasons as this village is the native place of Syed Ali Shah Geelani”, a schoolteacher requesting anonymity told Kashmir Reader.
President of Villager’s Association, Bashir Ahmad Beigh, said the village deserves to be developed as the model village as it is one of the biggest hamlets in the area situated at the centre of whole Zaingeer area.
Ghulam Hassan Bhat, the chairperson of Unique Educational Institute said that the educational institution was set-up to offset the impact of official apathy in the vital sector. “When the successive governments continued to neglect us, the people constituted Falah-i-Milat Trust and generously offered donations. The school was established in 2006 foro imparting quality education to our new generation”, Bhat said.
We always boycott elections and as being the native place of Syed Ali Shah Geelani the government never took any interest in the development of this village, Bhat said adding anything in the name of public infrastructure was established in the village by Syed Ali Geelani when he was representing the area in the state assembly. “After that era, there has been no development. No new institution has been set-up nor the old ones wewre developed or upgraded”, he lamented.
Bhat says the lack of drainage system is taking a heavy toll on the villagers. “If the government sincerely wishes to improve the condition of this village, it could first address the issue of drainage system in our village”.
Sopore MLA and senior Congress leader Abdul Rashid Dar said that the development was not an overnight phenomenon. “The development is a process which will happen with time”, he said. When specifically asked about the condition of local school he said that he would look into it after returning from Jammu.