January 2018 News

Over 1,000 Habitations In Kashmir Not Connected By Roads

20 January 2018
Kashmir Monitor
Rabiya Bashir

Srinagar: Over 1,000 habitations in Kashmir are yet to be connected through proper road network. According to the documents available with The Kashmir Monitor, 1026 habitations in Kashmir are still disconnected. Out of total 3,762 habitations connected post 2001 census, 3430 habitations were connected before inception of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) while 332 were connected through different schemes in the valley. According to the data, the unconnected habitations include Checki Haytapora, Gorepora, Kandikote, Badrihallan, Pootkhal, Mahidar, and Dabdaban in Anantnag district. In Baramulla district, Burnate and Batangie are yet to be connected. Similarly, in Budgam district, Malapora, Suranhal, Toolipora, Shuplin, Purni Sudershah, Hardwail, and Arnia are still without proper roads. In south Kashmir's Kulgam and Pulwama districts, areas like Dastarpur, Gadhangipora, Checki Pollapora, Peertkya, Ladjan, Khaidor, Nagpal-B, and Takiya are still unconnected. The PMGSY was launched by the government of India in 2000 to provide connectivity to unconnected habitations as part of a poverty-reduction strategy and to ensure sustainable management of rural roads network. Malik Basharat Ahmad, Chief Engineer PMGSY Kashmir, said that they have road connectivity above 96 per cent in Kashmir. 'We work on core network which is based on census 2001. According to the rules, the connectivity is provided to those areas where population is more than 250 souls,' Ahmad said. About those 1,000 habitations, he said, 'These habitations might come in leftover quota, which cannot be reflected in the core network based on 2001 census.' 'These are called leftover habitations. That time, these habitations might not have fitted the guidelines. But they may now have the required population and in near future, these areas too will be connected.'