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Kuntwara: Carrying patients in a cot to hospital mock development claims, video goes viral
10/12/2021 12:11:06 AM
Asif IQBAL NAIK
Early Times Report

Jammu, Oct 11: Merely a few kilometres away from the Jammu-Kishtwar National Highway, residents of Kuntwara village in Kishtwar District are still living in a Stone Age.
The village having population of around 15000 is without road and proper health facilities and even in the 21st century the people of this area are shifting the patients on wooden carts or palki or are forced to tie the patients/old age persons with a chair in absence of the road.
As per the details available with Early, in one latest video from Kuntwara area, the people of the area could be seen shifting a woman in a wooden cot on foot and after traveling 12-15 KMs by foot to nearest roadside at Kandni, the people had to board a private vehicle to shift the patient to District Hospital Kishtwar.
This latest video surfaced only a few days after a male patient was tied with a chair by his relatives so that they could shift him to a hospital or nearby health center mocking the overall development in the area which is just on the other side of Kishtwar-Jammu National Highway.
The locals told the Early Times that the work on Kuntwara road sanctioned under PMGSY was started some 15 years ago, but till date had seen no light at the end of the tunnel due to alleged official apathy and lack of political will power.
The locals said that due to non availability of roads, the area faces a lot of difficulties and added that it is not easy for any official to reach the various villages of Kuntwara area due to tough and hilly terrain where one had to walk on Kaccha bridal paths at an elevation of 90% .
They said that with the sanction of the road some 15 years ago, the people of the area were hoping that their fortune might change, but the construction of the Kuntwara road in official files, cost escalation and particularly in construction of the bridge over river Chenab.
People said that despite visiting at every door step— the Kuntwara village miseries have not been mitigated as the villages in the area are far from proper road connectivity.
Locals said that the crippling health facilities in the area force the people to shift the patients to Kishtwar hospital for even minor emergencies.
They said that the schools in the area are in shambles with lack of staff and infrastructure.
They urged the authorities to hold a special review of various problems faced by the people of Kuntwara area. “Despite being so close to National Highway 244, we are being forced to live a miserable life at the time when the world is conquering the moons and planets,” they added.
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