Bandipora, Mar 02: Despite falling within the municipal limits of Bandipora town, several localities of Kaloosa are facing immense hardships due to lack of basic facilities like potable drinking water, roads, and proper drainage system, the residents said.
Ward No. 12 and
13 of Kaloosa, which falls within the municipal limits of Bandipora, lack basic
facilities like potable drinking water, proper drainage system and macadamized
said that they have been facing immense hardships even to the absence of these
basic facilities. They said that they have apprised the concerned authorities
several times but nothing has been done so far to resdress their grievances.
“We don’t have
proper roads, there is no water supply scheme which can provide potable water
to the area, and there is no drainage system in these two wards of Bandipora
town. We are suffering badly and the concerned authorities don’t pay any heed
to our sufferings,” said Ghulam Muhammad, a local resident.
He said that the
links roads and main road right from Dar Mohalla to New Colony Sheikh Mohalla
was macadamized in the year 2012 and till date, the roads have not been
maintained nor upgraded. As per KNO, Ward No. 12 and 13 of municipal committee
Bandipora, housing more than 800 households, are located only a kilometer away
from district headquarters.
“The condition of
the main road and other link roads is so bad that when it rains we are not able
to come out of our homes as they get inundated. The link roads which were
macadamized seven years ago have developed huge potholes because of lack of
maintenance and when we raise the issues before the concerned authorities they
turn deaf ears to our pleas,” the locals said.
They said that
the area doesn’t have potable water supply for drinking and other daily chores
as the pipes installed remain defunct most of the time and have gathered rust.
“The area doesn’t
have a water supply scheme including filtration plant of its own despite
falling within municipal limits. Most of the time pipes remain defunct and even
if water flows through them it is polluted and muddy which is not fit for human
consumption. Now we use water from a nearby spring for all purposes like
drinking, washing clothes and utensils,” said Abdul Hamid, another local
The locals said
that last year they had sent a representation to PHE division Bandipora for
installation of new pipes so that potable water is supplied to them but till
date, not a single official has visited the area. They said that when they hold
protest to press for the redressal of their genuine demands they are being
harassed by the district administration.
The locals said
that the area doesn’t even have proper drainage system as all the drains
constructed some ten years ago have got blocked due to lack of maintenance as
no official from municipal committee Bandipora bothers to visit the area. They
appealed the Lt. Governor Girish Chander Murmu to personally look into the
matter and help redress their grievance. A senior official in the district said
that he would look into the matter and the issues they have raised will be
taken care of—(KNO)