Morha Pathi residents ‘yet to see how electricity looks like’

At least two dozen households in Morha Pathi hamlet in Godar village in this district are without electricity, with people still dependent on traditional sources of lighting while students study under solar torches.
Morha Pathi residents ‘yet to see how electricity looks like’
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At least two dozen households in Morha Pathi hamlet in Godar village in this district are without electricity, with people still dependent on traditional sources of lighting while students study under solar torches. 

This correspondent visited 'Morha Pathi' which falls in Rajouri tehsil in Community Development Block Dhangri.

There are at least two dozen households in the hamlet mostly people from tribal section.

Locals said they haven't seen electricity for decades. "We have seen power bulbs at our relatives' houses," a group of locals said.

He said all households of Morha Pathi are dependent on traditional sources of lighting which include burning of wood of pine trees which containing resin. 'It is called 'Deeni' in local language," they said.

Locals said they have purchased solar torches from the market for Rs 16000 each "which we also use for light purposes." 'But we are mostly dependent on traditional sources for electricity," they said. 

Locals said few weeks ago, the Power Development Department dumped some poles in the area and "informed us that this area will be electrified soon."

"But nothing has been done," they said.

Some locals were seen using mobile phone torches "which we charge at our relatives' houses."

"Every election, leaders come and promise sky, but what we get at last is nothing," an aged lady said. 

The area falls in Kalakote constituency which is presently represented by BJP MLA Abdul Ghani Kohli who is also Cabinet Minister in J&K Government.

Executive Engineer PDD Rajouri could not be contacted even after repeated contacts. 

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