Protests in Tral village against damaged roads, water shortage

The residents of Branpathri village in Tral sub-division of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday staged a protest against the dilapidated road network and water scarcity.
Protests in Tral village against damaged roads, water shortage
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The residents of Branpathri village in Tral sub-division of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday staged a protest against the dilapidated road network and water scarcity.

The protesters took to the streets and raised slogans against the government, Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Roads & Buildings (R&B) departments.

The 10-kilometer-long Tral-Branpathri road, which has not been macadamized during past 12 years, is dotted with countless potholes.

"The road has not been macadamized for last 15 years. This is the only connecting road of village Branpathri with Maachoma, Zarihar and Kahili. The road also connects our village with rest of sub-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 deaths to many villagers, especially pregnant women who could not reach to the hospital in 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," said protesting man of Branpathri village.

"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 department is taking notice of our woes," said Muhammad Asif, another local.

The protestors appealed to the member legislative assembly Tral, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and concerned departments to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

Commenting over the issue, Executive Engineer R&B Pulwama, Sajad Naquib assured that the road will be properly maintained in the coming year.

He blamed the political unrest during past six months for not repairing the road.

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