Ahopian: Around one thousand households of three different tribal villages of this south Kashmir district have no road connectivity even in the twenty first century.
The villagers are forced to carry goods and other building material on the horses and those who have no horses are forced to carry the same on their heads while crossing the huge distance.
The village Dochunu which has around 200 households while Richpathri, Krechpathri, Sarbal villages have around 800 households are without road connectivity.
A group of villagers said that they have no option but to carry even pregnant ladies on wooden stretch to cross the river and to reach Hirpora, connecting the area to other parts of Shopian. “On every morning we have to accompany our children till they cross the river and same as they return from their schools,” said a local, Bashir Ahmad Mir, adding, a bridge on rivulet can solve their all problems.
They said that they have to face huge problems while having no road connectivity. “In the time of heavy rains and flash floods, we were not able to cross the Rambiara rivulet as there is no bridge on it and we were forced to even carry critical patients on stretches while crossing 15 kilometers to reach a hospital,” another local, Mohammad Nafie, said.
He said that several politicians from time to time assured them construction of bridge on the rivulet but nothing has been done till date.
The villagers said that when government can spend hundred crores of rupees on Mughal road and why can’t they spend some lakhs on the construction of bridge on the rivulet so as to solve our problem.
They said that their area has been abandoned by the government on the grounds of caste else the construction of road and a bridge was not big thing for the government who use corers of rupees on election campaigning. “We want to request chief minister to personally intervene in this issue so that the problem of poor people in this hamlet can be solved,” Abdul Jabbar, among the group of villagers said.
The villagers said that they brought the issue in notice of concerned authorities of public works department but their all demonstrations went unnoticed.
Executive officer roads and buildings, Shopian, Abdul Aziz told Kashmir Reader that they have sent the project cost to the higher authorities and are waiting for the reply. “I even talked the concerned member of legislative assembly (MLA) Shopian and member of legislative counsel (MLC) regarding the issue but they too not showed any interest,” he said.
When contacted, MLA Shopian, Muhammad Yousuf Bhat said: “Making a road to Douchnu has a big issue that is bridge as the construction of bridge is a big project and that is not possible. But we are now planning to connect this area with the district headquarters through Divpora.”
“I am after it, we soon will have a road for the area,” Bhat added.