Deprived of basic amenities,Bhag residents threaten agitation


Bhag (Bandipora), Nov 13: People belonging to Shia community in Bhag area here are up in arms against the J&K Government over its “failure” to provide them with basic amenities. The aggrieved residents have threatened to launch agitation if the district administration fails to address their concerns within a week.
 At least 20 Shia families—who have migrated from Gilgit-Pakistan before 1947 and are presently residing in Bhag and Madar areas here—complain that they are suffering in absence of basic amenities including potable water, power supply, proper sanitation and streetlights.
 “If our concerns are not address by the district administration within a week, we will be left with no option but to hold agitation outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here,” said Jaffar Hussein, an aggrieved Shia community member.
 He said the Government is only claiming that every facility is being provided to the community before the Muharram days but it is all false. “The Government is not doing anything to address our concerns,” they said.
 Pertinently, most of the streetlights installed in the area are not functioning while drains are not properly maintained. The roads need repairing. The residents said the power supply to the area is erratic. “We are made to suffer on every front,” they said, urging the Division Commissioner Kashmir Dr Asgar Husain Samoon to look into the grievances immediately.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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