Gulabgarh villages await road construction, electrification

Several villages of Gulabgarh area in sub-division Mahore await road construction and electrification as the government has failed to construct roads as well as supply the areas with electricity.

The residents of Dewal Bhat Poora, Dogga, Nihoch and Shabrass alleged, “On one hand, the concerned department erected power poles a few months ago, but on the other, they forgot to lay down the wires.”

“It is the twenty-first century and our area has still not been electrified. While the world moves towards 5G, we continue to reel under darkness,” they said.

Shafiq Ahmed Malik, a resident of Dewal-Dogga, said, “Due to absence of electricity, we remain disconnected with the modern world.”

Another resident, Rayaz Bhat, said, “The department had promised to provide electricity, but still more than half of the village remains un-electrified.”

On being contacted, executive engineer, power development department, Vinod Kumar, assured to look into the issue. “The work will start within one week,” he said.

Meanwhile, talking about lack of roads, Mushtaq Ahmed Choudhary, a local, said, “If the government managed to construct roads in other hilly areas of the state, why has it failed to do the same in Gulabgarh. We face immense hardships due to the lack of motorable roads. We are forced to carry ration on our shoulders for several kilometers.”

The locals alleged that the government started construction of roads a long time ago, but “it remains suspended since several years”.

The villages affected due to lack of roads include Baransal, Gulabgarh, Kaidoora, Wandara, Dewal, Dogga, Nihoch, Barmidar, Shabrass and Arbais.

The locals appealed the administration to look into the matter and solve their grievance.

On being contacted, deputy commissioner, Reasi, Indu Kanwal Chib, accepted that there is severe death of road infrastructure in Gulabgarh. “I joined as the DC 38 days ago. During my tenure, I have already solved various PMGSY road disputes and I will personally visit Gulabgarh and look into the issues of the people once the elections are over,” she assured.