The residents of Branpathri village in Tral sub-division of south Kashmir's Pulwama district Monday registered protest against the dilapidated road network and water shortage.
The protesters took to streets and raised slogans against government, Public Health Engineering and Road & Buildings departments.
The 10 kilometer-long Tral-Branpathri road has never been macadamized since last 12 years, therefore the road is dotted with countless potholes subjecting commuters to inconvenience. This is the only connecting road of village Branpathri with Maachoma, Zarihar and Kahili. The road also connects our village withrest of the district," said a local resident Aijaz Ahmed.
"We have fallen prey to political rivalry in terms of development hence we are lagging behind. The pathetic condition of the road has caused death of many villagers especially pregnant women who could not reach the hospital on time," he added.
The residents also complained of water shortage in the area over past few weeks.
"We are facing acute water scarcity from past many weeks and nobody seems bothered to restore our water supply. We used to fetch water from nearby streams in case water supply was unavailable but these streams have also dried up due to prolonged dry spell. No one from PHE is taking notice of our woes," said Muhammad Asif another local.
Meanwhile, protestors appealed member legislative assembly Tral, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and concerned departments to resolve the issues as soon as possible otherwise they will 'block' main Tral road, Commenting over the issue, Executive Engineer R&B Pulwama, SajadNaquib assured that the road will be properly maintained in the coming year.
"We would have repaired it by June 2016 but the political unrest caused the barrier," he added.