Kishtwar ‘Model’ village sans electricity

The people of village Garh in Paddar area have not seen the face of electricity even as in official records the village has been developed into a Model village ten years back.
Kishtwar ‘Model’ village sans electricity
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The people of village Garh in Paddar area have not seen the face of electricity even as in official records the village has been developed into a Model village   ten years back.  

As per locals, the village was identified for developing as Model village in 2006 and some works were also taken up. But for providing electricity supply not a single electric pole was installed in the village.   

 The Model village project which involves Rs 1 to 2 crore cost, envisages provision for all basic amenities, improvement of sanitation, community felicitation centre with internet facility  and many other facilities. 

However, locals said despite being the 'proud residents' of model village they are living without electricity.  

As per sources, in official records the Rural Development Department has shown that a whooping Rs 1 crore has been expended on the development of  Garh into a model village.   

"The cellular phone and TV are a ban for the people  of this village in absence of power supply. Our children yearn to see film actors, political leaders like Prime Minister on television, but till date it is a dream yet to come true"   they said.

"Our MLA has made numerous promises before the assembly elections 2014. We voted for him in the hope to bring the ' bulb ' in our village. It has been almost two years, but nothing has changed so far," they added.

They expressed that despite the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is among the highest electricity generating states, its people are being forced to live in the dark.  They further lamented that this model villages has been waiting for electricity for last six decades. 

Meanwhile, when Greater Kashmir contacted Executive Engineer PDD Kishtwar, R.C.Sharma, he informed that "Garh model village will be covered under  RGGVY Stage Second  adding that funds  have already been sanctioned but the file is in process for clearance, he said. He also assured that the scheme will get clearance very soon and the villagers would get electricity in near future.  

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