The joy of inhabitants of Warpora village in north Kashmir's Sopore area knew no bounds when government in 2013 announced to bedeck the habitation with many facilities and turn this locality into a model village.
However, over two years have passed by but the works undertaken to change the face of the village await completion, brewing resentment among its inhabitants.
The Rs 1.12 crore project envisaged establishment of common facilitation centre (CFC), proper lanes and drains, an Anganwari Centre and effective sanitation.
However, the village, just five kilometres away from Sopore town, continues to present a shabby look as it lacks in basic infrastructure. The medieval-era roads, drainage and sanitation mock at the model village claims of the Government.
"The lanes are inundated after slight drizzle making movement of people difficult. The village also has a medieval drainage system," said Ghulam Qadir, a local, adding that the openly flowing sewers posed risk of spread of deadly diseases.
The locals said that they had hoped that the announcement of model village would alleviate their problems but the tardy implementation has dashed their hopes.
"The completion of the project is nowhere in sight as the work is delayed on one or the other pretext," said Gayas-u-Din, a local shopkeeper. "The announcement has proved to be a hollow promise by the state Government," he added.
The Block Development Officer (BDO) Zaingair, Abdul Rashid Ganai, said "the project got delayed due to lack of funds and it is only in the financial year 2015-16 that the funds were released which paved way for implementation of the project."
The convergence mode – collaboration between various departments for different works – has added to its delay as there was no coordination between the departments. The officials say that local MLA had to contribute a share from his Constituency Development Fund but the delay in its release also hampered its progress.
"Out of the funds sanctioned, around Rs 20 lakhs had to be paid by the concerned MLA, but till date we haven't received this amount," Ganai added.
The BDO further said that "the department is implementing this project phase-wise and in the initial phase, work on CFC and drainage has been taken up, and hopefully by the end of March the work would be completed."
"The work on Anganwari centre couldn't be started because the public land available for its construction is far away from the village and the department is looking for some alternative near the habitation," he added.