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Srinagar, Dec 5 (GNS): Inhabitants of various villages of Budgam district in central Kashmir have expressed dismay over lack of basic civic facilities including road, water and power supply.

The inhabitants of Wani Mohalla and Chopan Mohalla of Sugan village of Khag Budgam here are up in arms against the authorities for failing to provide them with basic amenities. The habitants of these villages claim they never received electricity since five years. “It is amazing that in 21st century we have to use traditional methods of lighting including candles and lanterns,” said Abdul Aziz Hajam, a local.

Locals said that basic infrastructure for electricity has not been provided to two localities of Sugan village. “There are no electricity wires and electricity poles here,” they said, adding that they have to go to other villages to charge their lights and mobile phones.

Besides electricity, the inhabitants said, the village is also devoid of potable drinking water. “Women have to climb hill almost 1 kilometer away to fetch water,” they said, adding: “we tried a lot to approach the PHE authorities but they paid no heed and gave cold response.”  They said that there are no water schemes, tube-wells or other sources in their localities.

The villages, according to inhabitants, sans proper road, streets and they are in dilapidated condition since centuries. “We face problems to ferry patients particularly expecting mothers to the hospital,” said Farooq Ahmad Wani, a local. (GNS)