Bonakoot villagers take to streets seeking basic amenities

The residents of Bonakoot village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district are up in arms against the district administration for failing to provide even basic amenities to the village.

The residents said that the village doesn’t even have basic facilities like proper roads, water supply, electricity and health care, making them suffer immensely.

“The roads including inner links of the village are in a shambles owing to the inefficiency of the concerned department. The village doesn’t have a proper water supply and scenario of electricity is worse. From November last we haven’t seen electricity for more than two hours a day. Such is the power scenario here,” said Mohammad Sidiq, a local resident.

He said that the village has one NTPHC which was upgraded some 4 years ago but it is still without basic facilities and is still functioning as a sub-center.

The villagers said that the health center doesn’t even have a doctor as the post lies vacant and concerned department has failed to fill up the post.

They said that they have been knocking the doors of all the concerned authorities from last several years but nobody even bothers to visit the area to have the first-hand appraisal of the problems being faced by the villagers.

Bonakoot village, according to the residents, is the largest village of Bandipora in terms of population and is only a few kilometers away from district headquarters. “However, the village is the most neglected part of the district as people are craving for even basic facilities here,” they said.

They said that the R&B department has failed to upgrade the condition of the main road which is dotted with potholes for last few years.

“We have apprised the department several times about the condition of the road but they failed to address our grievances. Same is the case with electricity and water supply. The government high school in the village also lacks space as it runs in a one-storey ramshackle building,” said Ghulam Hassan, another local resident.

Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, said he would look into these issues and address their grievances.