Chenab Valley victim of bad governance of successive NC regimes: Mufti
Thathri (Kishtwar), May 25: Underlining the huge development deficit faced by Chenab Valley region, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on said the present coalition had only worsened the situation for the residents of the mountainous areas over the past three years.
Wrapping up a four day exhaustive tour of the region with a well attended public meeting here today he said though the entire state was facing the serious effects of corruption, bad governance and inefficiency the Chenab Valley presented the picture of a ‘political orphan’ that had been virtually dumped by the parties they voted for in the last two elections. “But PDP wont rest till it got justice and a fair share of development for the people of these areas who have always been used by politicians as a ladder to power and then forgotten about” Mufti whose tour took him to Gool, Doda and Kishtwar, told his audience.
Mufti said though the region was a gold mine of resources in the shape of water, power, mineral and forest wealth it had still to achieve even basic levels of infrastructure in almost all fields. The initiatives taken under the previous coalition which was a sole exception in the history of the region, have been all but abandoned he said. He said it looks the area is still rooted in ancient times as many areas still don’t have even trafficable roads and some places remain accessible only by foot and cut off by snow for most part of the year. “This situation has to change and PDP with the support of people will bring in that change through its visionary policies” Mufti added.
Referring to the connectivity crisis in the region Mufti said the previous coalition government had started ambitious plans for opening up the area, the centre piece of which was link with Kashmir via Simthan pass. “Unfortunately this road taken up under the PMs package has fallen victim to the inefficiency and lack of follow up and the announcement regarding the construction of a tunnel remains as another example of hukm e nawab taa dar e nawab that fill the administrative space of the state now” Mufti said. He said the government had failed to take the benefit of the PMGSY to the region which actually could have transformed it completely but most of the schemes taken in hand have not made any progress over the years. Similarly a number of bridges planned over the Chenab stand almost shelved, including the Ganpat Bridge at Doda which stands out as a testimony of lack of direction and coordination that is the hallmark of present government.
He said that it was reported to him that in one district hospital just four doctors were posted against a sanctioned strength of 25 and it was serviced with a lone ambulance of 1977 vintage. “With such miserable conditions at the district headquarters it was easy to imagine how people in distant and inaccessible areas could be facing disease and ailments” he said. He said the area being prone to road accidents and natural calamities needed state of the art medical facilities but unfortunately those who are in power with the strength drawn from this region would reappear only at the time of next elections.
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