People in red, buffer zones seek essential commodities

People from several villages declared as ‘Red Zone’ and ‘Buffer Zone’ by the authorities in Tangmarg area of Baramulla, urged the authorities to ensure that they don’t suffer for want of essential commodities.

Recently, a man died of covid-19 while several others tested positive in Tangmarg area of Baramulla district prompting the authorities to declare over one dozen villages as “Red Zone” and “Buffer Zone”.

Among the red zone are villages of Sulinda, Chekthan Chanpora, Chandilora, Hariwatnaw, Kilwaza, Khachipora, Kampora, Guttipora, Katipora, Qazipora, Kralpora, Saauan, Ferozpora, Hardamadam, Sonlipora besides Tangmarg town.

A resident while speaking over phone from one of the red zone declared villages said that no one is allowed to enter or exit the village. However, despite strong restrictions, people of the area are forced to look for the essential commodities, which further makes the area vulnerable to the disease.

“Be it baby food, medicine or other essential commodities, one is forced to venture out from the house. It is not violation but necessity. The authorities need to frame a mechanism so that people are not required to come out,” said Farooq Ahmad, a resident of village Kampora Tangmarg.

The Tangmarg area in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has witnessed surge in the covid 19 positive cases. The area is gripped in panic amid restrictions imposed by the authorities.

The inhabitants of the red zone areas while urging the authorities to make essential commodities available to them said that authorities need to focus on their needs “too”. They said restrictions can be successful only if people do not suffer for want of essential commodities.

“Let administration take concrete steps in easing the people’s hardships by making essential items available to them” said Basharat Ahmad of Katipora Tangmarg.

Meanwhile, Sub Divisional Magistrate Tangmarg Shabir-ul-Hassan said all the necessary items had been made available to the residents of the area. “There is no dearth of stock. All the necessary items, be it baby food, medicine or day today life requirements have been kept available. Besides various phone numbers have been issued for the people in case they requires help” added SDM Tangmarg.