Kokernag villagers stage protest, rue lack of basic facilities

The residents of Poru Kalnag village of Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district Thursday staged a protest in Srinagar against the lack of basic facilities like road connectivity, electricity and potable water supply.

The villagers said that they had to face immense hardships due to lack of basic facilities in the village.

Scores of villagers Thursday assembled at Press Enclave and held a protest against the authorities saying that they suffer immensely for want of even basic facilities like road connectivity, electricity, and potable water supply.

“During the recent visit of DC Anantnag to Kokernag area, we appealed him but every time our pleas are rejected or the administration pays no heed to our basic demands,” said a local.

“We don’t have road connectivity even in the 21st century. We have to pass through thick forests to reach the village either by foot or on horseback. The successive regimes deprived us of even basic facilities,” said Ijaz Ahmad Bemla, a protester.

The protestors said that it was unfortunate on part of the authorities that they had even failed to construct a 500-metre road to their village.

“My pregnant cousin died as she could not reach the hospital on time due to absence of a proper road,” Bemla said.

The villagers appealed the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and DC Anantnag K KSidha to intervene and redress their genuine demands.