Pulwama: Gujjar Basti Zardihaar, a hamlet in south Kashmir’s Tral, lacks basic facilities including access to drinking water, road connectivity and electricity.
Residents from the area have been protesting against the local administration while asking the authorities to resolve their ‘long pending’ problems.
Tucked away on the fringes of Tehsil headquarters of Tral, the area has seen dismal development over the years. “We are forced to hit roads. For the last 12 years, we have been repeatedly requesting authorities to construct a proper road to our areas but nothing has happened so far. We have raised the issue with different government departments without any success,” Mohammad Abbas, a resident said.
“The patients are the worst sufferers. We have to carry the patients over stretchers in this day and age,” he says.
The women folk of the area have to travel 3-kilometers to fetch drinking water. “We get water from a polluted stream. Several children are suffering from water-borne diseases,” the local says.
They alleged that the government is making tall claims regarding the improvement of basic facilities in rural areas but nothing has been done in this regard.
The residents have blamed the government for showing indifferent attitude towards the tribal communities and demanded improvement of basic facilities in their area.