SHOPIAN:Residents of Nakka, Nagbal, Naidkor and Glubyadi villages in Shopian are craving for road connectivity with rest of world.
Around 350 households, comprising of around one thousand inhabitants live in the hamlets, which were electrified recently.
The residents of the tribal hamlets told Kashmir Reader that the villages got electricity a year ago but road connectivity was still a distant dream.
“Our repeated demonstrations goes waste, our villages are not connected with the district despite the fact it is hardly a three kilomtere stretch on which the authorities have to construct the road,” Skindar Cohan, an elderly villager said.
Most of the inhabitants are manual labourers who trek down the muddy path to reach Gattipora and Kathahalan wherefrom they can take a bus or cab to other places.
“Unavailability of road not only makes us suffer in cases of medical emergencies but we also want to send our children to schools for higher education but we can’t do that as they have to walk a long distance before reaching a place where they can get a vehicle,” Abdul Samad Khatanda, another villager said.
He said most residents trek this distance on daily basis without any trouble but aged and ailing villagers find it very difficult.
“After snow or rains when this path becomes muddy we use a wooden frame to ferry patients to hospital,” Parmeena Banoo, a woman resident said adding the path was full of ankle deep mud currenlty.
Executive Engineer, Roads and Buildings, Shopian, Abdul Aziz Bhat said that he had no idea about the villages. “I will first check, then I can tell whether the road is under any scheme,” he said.
Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, the lawmaker from Shopian constituency told Kashmir Reader, that he was pursuing the project, and “this year we will construct this road”.
Bhat added that only the road construction was required on only one kilometer stretch.