Jammu and Kashmir

Anantnag’s Methmou village demands bridge as students have to cross drain to reach school

Anantnag—The residents of Methmou village in the Chittergul area of Anantnag demand a bridge over a nallah as students have to cross through a drain in order to reach the school.

The residents of Methmou – a far-flung area in this south Kashmir district said that they are facing a lot of problems due to the non-availability of a bridge over the nallah.

They said their children are studying in a school that is lying in between the two nallahs. “There is an immediate need for a bridge here,” Mohammad Abbas, a local, said, adding that they are facing a lot of problems, especially during times of emergency.

Abbas said a drain has been constructed over one nallah and in the absence of a bridge; the students have to cross the nallah by walking on the banks of the drain which can prove fatal anytime.

“During summer, the drain remains full of water as it is used for irrigation purposes and God forbid, if the children slip, they will either fall in the drain or nallah,” he said, adding that the width of each side of the drain is just a few inches.

The locals said the district administration has failed in taking cognizance of the issue and no step has been taken as of now.

“The government has been spending crores of rupees for various works everywhere but has not constructed a bridge here,” they said.

“We have knocked on the doors of authorities to get a bridge sanctioned but nobody takes our pleas seriously,” said another local, adding, “Despite voting and participating in every government programme, we are being ignored.”

The residents of the Methmou village said they have pinned their hopes on Lieutenant Governor and the DC Anantnag that they will look take note of our “genuine demand” and take steps in this regard—(KNO)

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a Pulwama based journalist, currently south head with News agency KNO and owner of The Kashmir Scroll

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