‘Not a single project started in five years’
SHOPIAN: Five years ago, the government had granted model village status to Melhora village after then Member Parliament and now Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti adopted the village under centrally sponsored scheme -Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana to create it as model of development in the area, but locals say that not a single foundation stone was laid for any project since then.
Residents said that all the officials including the deputy commissioner, revenue officials, and engineers were visiting the village daily for a month making the locals believe that government is serious to implement the scheme.
“We were happy for the reason that our village would be made a model in the true sense but we were not aware that status would never change, ” Adil Ahmad Wani, a villager said while adding that they spend thousands of rupees to prepare wazwan and teas for the officials who would visit village in excitement.
Villagers asked the Chief Minister to visit the village again and fulfil her promises. “They erected four boards at four different entry and exit points of the village with ‘Melhora Super model Village’ inscribed on it.”
Locals said that supermodel village has become a joke for people of other villages.
Village Numberdar, Abdul Khaliq said middle school building has been declared unsafe, but classes are still going on in the same buildings which were set up in 1954.
“The condition of school depicts punctures development claims of officials and political leaders,” he said.
Muhammad Amin Malik, another villager told Kashmir Reader that village is situated between the two rivers -Jehlum and Rambiara. “Whenever it rains, water starts flowing in the village. In 2014 majority of houses in our village were damaged. When the village was declared supermodel, authorities promised us the construction of two flood control bunds on the banks of both the rivers but till date, neither bund was constructed nor any political leader or any official came to the village,” he said.
Numberdar of the village Koka said, “: you will get tired to write the lies which government us. They did not construct anything in the village; I am tired now with attending meetings when they call me. They lied then, they are lying now. Under the promise of model village they (authorities) brought an ambulance here but within a span of a week the ambulance disappeared and we later came to know that the same vehicle has been given to some hospital in Pulwama,” he rued.
Melhora villagers said that they have lost all hopes for the model village, but at least government should provide basic facilities.
“A marriage hall, hospital, higher secondary school, separate water supply scheme, veterinary, hospital, marriage hall, free ambulance till the completion of hospital, bunds on rivers, five new type boats, electricity poles, playground, food store and several many promises but none of them was met by government in past five years, “Shabir Ahmad a local said.
Villagers said that there are more than 2200 voters in the village and they were used as vote Bank for the 2014-15 assembly elections to win Wachi assembly seat.
Minister for revenue, Abdul Rehman Veeri and minister for rural development, Abdul Haq Khan couldn’t be reached on phone despite many attempts.