Uri : Garkote a village near Line of Control in Uri Sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district reels under bad infrastructure.
Garkote village have grown used to living with no “modern” amenities.
The government has failed to address the problems of common masses in the area as they have been a victim of official apathy.
“We have been staying here since seven generations. This is large population village in Uri Sector. This village lacks basic facilities especially the condition of roads is bad even mobile network is very bad,” group of inhabitants told Kashmir Despatch.
Visiting the village is like going back a few decades in time — in the absence of proper road connectivty, the other irony is that the area is represented by a most timed ruled MLA of National Conference but still has to struggle with basic sadak, bijli, paani issues, the villagers said that we announced one lakh award for those who will help us to trace out Missing MLA as we have only seen him during elections.
Contrary to official claims about initiating a number of development schemes in border areas, residents of the Garkote and its adjoining areas are faced with a host of problems ranging from shortage of water to poor mobile communication and other basic facilities including road.
Sajad a local young student told this newspaper that we had to scale a hilltop near our house in Garkote to use his mobile and that too with broken signals. He said that people were finding it difficult to communicate with their relatives in other cities of the country due to lack of proper mobile connectivity despite living in digital world.
Residents of the area said that the lack of basic facilities is taking a heavy toll on the lives of people living in this hilly area of Uri Sector.
Another local resident Farooq Ahmed said that village sans proper road, and they are in dilapidated condition since centuries. “We face problems to ferry patients particularly expecting mothers to the hospital,”.
However the poor villagers appealed authorities to look into their greviances.
Sub District Magistrate Uri Baseer Ul Haq was not available for commits despite repeated attempts.
Meanwhile Representative of MLA Uri Sajad Ahmad when contacted told Kashmir Despatch that funds have been sanctioned for the completion of road and soon work will be strarted on said road. While answering the question related mobile network he said that two mobile towers are already providing service to subscribers however very soon Jio tower will also be installed in the area.
2015 Kashmir Despatch