Belying the tall claims of successive State Governments, which had been claiming from time to time that they have done their best to provide the basic amenities to the people, even in far flung areas, people of village Pamasa which comes under the jurisdiction of Panshai Panchayat in Thathri tehsil of Bhaderwah constituency have to pay money for even a single glass of water.
Local people lamented that as the authorities concerned failed to provide them water connection despites repeated requests; they have to pay Rs 85 to a Pony Walla, who in return brings just two gallons of water for them from a long distance.
The villagers regretted that despites paying the money to these Pony Walas, they have to face the acute shortage of water as the Pony Walas could not fulfill their water needs.
According to the villagers, at-least 100 people reside in the village Pamas. Their story does not end here only; these villagers’ are cobfronted with the shortage of electricity.
In-fact the village in fitted with the electricity poles and almost all the house are fitted with the lamps but in the dark they have to ‘search’ the lamps as the electricity supply is so dim (less) in the village, that people cold not eat even food under it.
The reason of dim light is that the village has only one transformer and the load is more than enough.
It is unfortunate that while the other parts of the state are receiving water supply through various schemes like Under Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP) etc. the people of this particular village have are living helpless life.
Though, the Govt today claimed that 1357 water supply schemes costing Rs 1153.28 crore are under execution in the state, for augmentation of water supply schemes in capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, projects worth Rs. 290 crore and Rs. 338.74 crore respectively has been submitted by the Public Health Engineering Department to Government of India and both the projects stand approved by the Union Ministry of Urban Development for funding under JNNRUM but is there anybody to look into the problems of these villagers. The winter is approaching fast and the area will come under snow cover, have ever the Govt tried to think on the problems of these people and to solve these.