Kupwara: Kachama: It is a “Model village” close to the Line of Control in Kupwara, but the Model tag hasn’t brought even a proper road to the hamlet so far.
In the absence of a proper macadimised road, transporters are unwilling to ply, making the villagers suffer in silence.
Students from the village have to walk eight kilometres to the nearby road at Kralpora. From there, it is another 12 kilometres to Kupwara town, and the Kupwara-Kralpora road is also in a terrible state.
Students from the area said that from last 15 days they have not been able to attend schools, as tranporters were unwilling to run their vehicles because of the terrible state of the road.
Ishfaq Ahmad, a student from the village, said that more than 150 Higher Secondary students of the hamlet may have to quit studies “due to non availability of transport because transporters do not drive to this shambled road”.
He said that they are forced to walk nearly eight kilometres to reach to Kralpora road which is also under construction.
Students are not the only section facing problems. The villagers are so much fed up with promises of administration, that they threatened to boycott the upcoming Panchayat elections.
Sher Ali Kohli, a resident said, that last year three houses were gutted to ashes, with nothing retrieved from the structures.
“That wouldn’t have happened if the road was constructed and fire tenders had reached the spot,” Kohli said.
“Unavailability of roads is a setback for our tribe, we suffer each day,” he said. “Few days back a woman delivered a baby on way to district hospital. After that her condition got worse and she was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment after we carried her to main town on shoulders.”
Residents said that they will “boycott the upcoming Panchayat and local body elections” and “not cast a single vote” unless the roads are constructed and macadamised.
Baggu Chachii , former Sarpanch of Kachama said that the village was nominated as model village “without possessing basic facilities”.
“The prime need is road connectivity which is mere a dreams for us in this 21stcentury”, we do not deserve the model village tag,” Chachii said.
He said that politicians, DDC Kupwara and R&B department officials visited their village several times and assured the construction of road within no time but till date that “within no time” never came.
A doctor posted in primary health centre Kachama said that he walks nearly seven kilometres by foot in order to attend his duties, since the transport on the road came to “complete halt” after drivers complained of bad road conditions.
“Kachama is the last village along LOC in northern Kashmirs Kupwara district which not only lacks proper road connectivity but other basic facilities as well,” he said.
Talking to Kashmir Reader regarding the students who are failing to attend their classes, Chief Education Officer, Kupwara, Shafiq Nabi said that there will be “no relaxation” for the students who miss their classes, “since attendance is must”.
“This is not our fault as they miss their classes due to unavailability of roads, this is no excuse they have to manage to attend the classes on regular basis at any cost,” Nabi said.
He acknowleged that there is no hostel facility available at Kralpora and Kupwara higher secondary schools “as there never was”, but said the students from Kachama can “rent rooms” in Kralpora and Kupwara to attend classes “like the students from far flung areas”.
Despite repeated attempts by Kashmir Reader no official from R&B department could be contacted.