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Snow holds 15000 Warwan residents hostage
It takes 3 days to reach district headquarters, says DDC member
1/15/2021 11:48:25 PM
Early Times Report

Kishtwar, Jan 15: Warwan Valley in Kishtwar District having a population of around 15000 souls has been cut off from rest of the country due to heavy snowfall and non-availability of basic amenities.
According to the details available with Early Times the local inhabitants of this one of the remotest area of the country are facing hardship that hardly any citizen of India faces in this modern era.
Talking to Early Times, newly elected DDC member from Warwan Abdul Razak Lone while narrating the horrific tale of the state of affairs in the area said that the official machinery that is supposed to be present in the area has been missing from the ground. “It is nearly two months since the only road link to Warwan Valley via Matigowran (Anantnag) - Margan top has been closed. The closure of this vital road link has brought miseries for the common people living in this area. There is no electricity, communication and no road connectivity,” Razak said.
He said that road connectivity remains disrupted for around 5/6 months in winter while non availability of communication and electricity is a permanent issue. He said that even after 74 years of Independence— Warwan valley is without electricity, roads and communication. “Having heath care facilities and availability of drinking water, education, food and agriculture are far-fetched dreams,” he added.
The DDC member said that due to non-availability of basic facilities like internet the students in Warwan as well as Marwah are unable to attend the online classes.
He said that due to heavy snowfall people are confined to homes and it has been difficult for them to travel to long to get medical attention.
He said that people have not received full ration supply and called upon the authorities to provide ration to the people. He said that despite having water resources in abundance, the people have to fetch water in absence of non-existent drinking water schemes.
He said that Power Department had installed some electricity poles and wires in the area but they failed to connect it with electricity grid from Anatnag even after over two years. “Majority of these poles and wires have suffered damages. Where is the 33 KV transmission line — what is the fun to spend such huge money on all this— this is simply an eye wash” he added.
He said that it takes three days for people to reach Kishtwar District Headquarter via Marwah while some people even risk their lives to travel via snow clad Margan top to reach Anantnag. ‘Many patients die on way to the hospital,” he added.
He urged the authorities to activate snow clearance machines to clear Sinthan and Margan top road so that people could travel in emergency.
He said that Government should construct Sarai for the poor people of Marwah and Warwan who come to Kishtwar for treatment and get stuck due no road connectivity.
He alleged that majority of the government employees posted in the area are missing from ground and are enjoying their lives at Kishtwar, Srinagar, Anantnag and Jammu.
He called upon the administration to start daily chopper service for Marwah and Warwan so that people could travel during these harsh winter days. “We also need special teams for checking the functioning of various government offices in the area and to review the infrastructure available in the area,” Razak added.
He exuded hope that the government will pay special attention towards these areas on the pattern of Ladakh.
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