BUDGAM: Residents of Khag Tehsil in Budgam district are resenting the lack of fire brigade in the far flung area, which they said has been a long pending demanding demand.
Residents said the area comprising of more than 60 villages has been left on God’s mercy.
“Despite repeated requests, neither the previous government nor the present one provided a fire brigade in the area,” Ishfaq Wani, a social worker said.
He said that in 2008 a 6-year-old girl was burnt alive in a wooden house at Chek Abandar and the then deputy commissioner assured people that fire and emergency service would be provided instantly to the area, “but no positive step has been taken so far’.
After that many fire incidents took place, destroying houses and even shops at the main market.
Recently, on December 8, the shrine of Nawroz Baba in Khag was also gutted.
Ishfaq said the fire at the shrine, which started in midnight could not be controlled because of unavailability of fire tenders in the area. Fire brigades had to arrive from Magam, some 30 kilometre from Khag.
“Damages in fire incidents are huge but the district administration is in a deep slumber with no fire brigade catering to almost 60 villages of geographically difficult terrain with a population of about one lakh people,” Gulzar Lone, another resident said.
“It (Khag area) is almost half of the district Budgam. We have requested authorities time and again for fire tender but every time our requests fell on deaf ears,” Asif Iqbal, another resident said.
Deputy Commissioner Budgam Mohammad Harun Malik said that they have sent a detailed project report to chief minister.
“She has assured that they will get a fire tender this year,” Malik said. “It is a big project and if any tender would be sanctioned then the Tehsil Khag would be in priority.”