Jammu, September 20: Thousands of people living in J&K’s mountainous Dessa village of district Doda, which have been deprived of basic amenities since independence has now pinned high hopes from newly appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory (UT).
Even though government has claimed the electrification of all villages in district Doda, still half a dozen hamlets of Dessa village are waiting for power supply since Independence. Situated just 40 km away from the district headquarters, the villagers are deprived of even basic amenities of road connectivity, water and basic healthcare facilities.
In the absence of road connectivity, ambulance or any vehicle failed to reach the villages forced local residents to shift pregnant or critically ill patients to hospital on makeshift stretchers by covering long distance by foot.
“The previous regimes in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir had made half hearted attempts as their main focus always remained towards district headquarters as far as the development was concerned. We are hopeful from UT administration that it will take holistic view of the problems and address the same,” a local resident said.
“Most of the hamlets in Dessa village are un-electrified and only one or two have been connected with supply lines. Poles, wires and transformers installed few years back were collapsed within few days of installation, but since then no progress has been made by department to re-electrify these villages,” a local villager said.
“Mostly the people have migrated to cities for the better future of their children, but those who can’t afford to go are living tough life here. There is no development in the area since independence.” he added.
It’s a long standing demand of people that block should be establish at Dessa as villagers suffered lot as they have to travel a distance of 40 km to reach Doda for any single work.
Advocate Sunnet Thakur said, “We are demanding construction of link roads to all Panchayats of Dessa such as Sheinkly, Mallan, Saras Bhatta via Laloor. Forest clearance of Gai Dwalkund road via Mangalthatha as the work is pending since past four years. We are also demanding complete electrification of Dessa.”
To discuss the issues relating to Power Development Department (PDD), Former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Ramban, Neelam Langeh recently met with Chief Engineer (CE), Power Distribution Crop. Ltd Jammu, S. Gurmeet Singh at Jammu.
A detailed deliberation was held upon power scenario of Ramban Constancy and various suggestions were given by the Neelam Langeh to chief to strengthen power supply system of district Ramban.
EX-MLA, Ramban Neelam Langeh told NH1 News, “I recently visited chief engineer PDD Jammu and raised the issues of un-electrified villages of Dessa, during my tenure I tied to electrify these villages but due to heavy snowfall the supply line collapsed. I have a tough constituency, but I tried my best to develop these areas, though we got less time in power.”
Deputy Commissioner, Doda Dr Sagar D. Doifode said, “We have all electrified villages in Doda, but some areas are still unconnected with grid stations, though we have provided them electricity through solar lights or generators. As far as the road connectivity is concerned, we have some hamlets left, where road connectivity has not been provided and we are hopeful that PMGSY would provide them fair weather road by 2021.”