Residents of Ajas village in this north Kashmir Bandipora district are facing immense accessibility issue due to road bottleneck.
Locals alleged that Army's 13 RR unit camped in Ajas has blocked the only road that leads to the New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) recently constructed in the village.
"Army has erected angle-iron rods with barbed wires inter-connected around the road which is the only road connectivity to the health centre. Ambulance cannot enter into the premises of the NTPHC, putting us into lot of inconvenience. We have to traverse through paddy fields to reach to the hospital," Abdul Ahad Rather, a resident.
He said that we have to take patients either to Hajin hospital or Srinagar hospitals for treatment during emergency situations as the only road connecting the hospital with the village has been occupied by the Army stationed near it.
They said that they had many times brought this issue into the notice of Deputy Commissioner Bandipora but to no avail. Locals also said that there is shortage of doctors and para-medical staff in the hospital as this is the only health centre in Ajas tehsil catering to the population of around twenty thousand.
"We have only one doctor and a few para-medical staff at present in the hospital which makes us suffer immensely. At least there should be two doctors and additional para-medical staff to mitigate the sufferings of the local populace," they said.
Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora Dr Bilquees acknowledged that Army has occupied the road leading to the hospital in the village.
"The issue has been brought into my notice and I would take up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora personally and it will be resolved as soon as possible," she said.
However, an Army official based in Ajas told Greater Kashmir that they would remove the fencing erected around the road for "security reasons" soon for the public movement.
"We would take the fencing back to some 15-20 feet to make way for the public," he said.