Chadoora people face host of problems despite third term of Mir

Waseem Ahmad
The residents of various areas of Chadoora constituency of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district have resented the lack of amenities and non-implementation of various developmental schemes under the former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), who represented the constituency for three consecutive terms since 2002.
The constituency was represented by former Minister and former PDP leader Javid Mustafa Mir who consecutively won the Assembly elections three times in a row from Chadoora and represented the area for 16 years. Mir won the 2014 Assembly elections for the third consecutive time and thus managed to retain the seat for PDP. He defeated Ali Mohammad Dar of National Conference by polling 25770 votes as against Dar’s 24077 votes.
The residents of Chadoora town said that the town lacked basic facilities. “Chadoora town is the constituency headquarters and it is without basic facilities like Bus Adda, better roads, better drainage, and better disposal system for municipal waste,” they said
The residents said that the main market of town is always abuzz with huge traffic jams and no solution was found to tackle this problem. “In the main market of the Chadoora town usually huge traffic jam has become the routine since one decade. During peak hours in the morning and evening, it takes many hours to cross the town and ex-MLA failed to find out its solution despite repeated requests by the inhabitants,” Haneef Sofi, a resident said.
Sofi said that there is no dumping site for the Municipal waste in the Chadoora town and it is being dumped on the banks of the Doodh Ganga river which flows through the town thus deteriorating the water and river which is a matter of concern for the residents. “The former-MLA was apprised about this but ouldn’t help,” Sofi said. He added that there is no toilet facility in the town and one toilet built is not functional.
One of the main issues that the residents of this constituency are facing is the lack of space in the main hospital. “Chadoora Sub District hospital (SDH) is most over burdened among all the SDHs of Kashmir. An IPD block was sanctioned in 2010 for the hospital and the work was started. Despite lapse of 9 years, the block is yet to be commissioned which hampers the patient care of the area,” Muhhamad Umar, a resident said. The matter was brought to the notice of ex-MLA several times for sanctioning of a sports ground for the area but he gave only assurance after assurance.
The village like Kralpora, Wathora, Kultreh, Behrampora, Hussipora, Kaisermulla, Saraiee, Qazipora, Hayatpora, Bugam, Dooniwari, Awanpora and Tangnar are least developed. The major problem is the worst condition of roads, drainage system and proper portable water facility is lacking and there are incomplete works as well. “Because of poor roads, it takes double the time to reach the destinations. The journey is so unpleasant, that the desire for the destinations wanes on the way,” the residents said.
Another problem that the residents of this constituency are facing is the need of a Vegetable Mandi. “Villages like Bugam, Dawlatpora, Hussipora, Kaisermulla etc are so famous all over J&K for the production of vegetables as quality vegetables are grown and supplied all over the State. The vegetable growers requested time and again to the former MLA for establishment of a vegetable mandi in Bugam or in Chadoora town, but this long pending demand was never fulfilled,” Gulzar Dar, a farmer said.
On development of education institutions and their infrastructure, the residents said Chadoora is the only constituency which does not have a Degree College while all other four constituencies have degree colleges in the district. Besides, they said that the schools in the constituency are in need of up-gradation and lack basic facilities.
Besides this, the main issue facing the constituency is flooding of its various areas. The residents said that they have raised the issue with the former MLA several times but no permanent flood management plan is there and the threat of floods in some areas always looms large.
Javid Mustafa Mir while admitting that in some areas there could be less development, said that he did his best to develop the constituency and about 70 percent development has been done. “About 70 percent development of the constituency is complete. I did my best to develop the constituency. It all depends on the resources the State possesses. State provides us resources and we equally distribute it. We do whatever development is needed; somewhere there would be more development and somewhere less. It all depends on where the development is most needed while somewhere it can be compromised,” he said.
Mir said health centers were developed in some areas. “An OPD ward was constructed in Sub-District Hospital-A Chadoora, a new block for the CHC Chattergam was constructed and it was given the status of a model hospital. Primary Health Centers were developed in Lasjan, Hayatpora, Pahroo, Dooniwara and an NTPHC was constructed in Wadipora,” he said.
Asked about the dilapidated condition of the roads in the constituency, Mir said various roads were developed and macadamized but since it’s a hilly area, snow and rains damage the roads. “But we repeatedly check where the roads are damaged and accordingly repair them. There were many areas where there was no road connectivity, we were able to develop the road connectivity and now you can see there are macadamized roads in remote villages of the constituency ,” he said, adding “macadamization of about 350 kilometres of main as well as inner roads have been done in the constituency.”
Mir said in education sector, there was no Degree College in the constituency and it is because of him that a Degree College was recently sanctioned for Chadoora constituency. Besides, several schools were upgraded from secondary to higher secondary levels.
He said the people of the constituency were facing problems in electricity supply and in that sector about 150-200 transformers were issued that includes either up-gradation or new transformers as well, HT and LT lines all over the Constituency were improved, receiving stations were provided in Lasjan and Khandah and a Grid Station was also provided in Noubugh area.
Mir said to tackle the problem of water supply various schemes were given to the constituency that includes Hayatpora Kaisermulla water supply scheme, Tangnar water supply scheme, Greater Chadoora water supply scheme and Kunzwera water supply scheme, besides, over head tanks were given in Dawlatpora and Kazipora. Equipments were also provided to the farmers on subsidy to help them in their agriculture activities.
He said in sports, Lasjan playground was developed and about Rs 50 lakhs were given for its development, besides that various sports persons were felicitated and equipments were provided to the needy players.


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