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    DDC polls: Kudara village votes for better roads, mobile connectivity

    DDC polls: Kudara village votes for better roads, mobile connectivity

    KNO Correspondent

    Bandipora, Dec 10 (KNO): Braving the biting cold and traversing few kilometres on foot to reach the polling station, Kudara villagers in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district Thursday queued up in large numbers to cast their votes during fifth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) and Panchayat by-polls in the Valley.

    A 55-year-old Shams-ud-din Gojjar, who walked more than a kilometre on foot through snow-clad passes reached the polling station located at Government High School Kudara early morning to exercise his right to franchise with the hope that his village is able to see the dawn of development, which according to him has been neglected by the successive governments and representatives.

    Shams while talking with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that he came to vote to see development, particularly mobile network connectivity in his area as the village has no mobile connectivity, thereby making them suffer immensely.

    He said that in the age of technology, his village is struggling to get mobile network and for that, they have made several pleas before the concerned authorities but to no avail.

    Kudara village is located on the foothills of famous Harmukh mountains and is at a distance of around 18 kilometres from district headquarters.

    Shams said that the village is also struggling for even basic facilities like better roads, water supply and health care facility.

    Seconding his views, a group of voters, who had queued up outside the polling station in Kudara, said that they came to vote to get better road connectivity and mobile network.

    “We always fulfil our duties by casting our votes during every election-be it parliament election, assembly election or local body polls, however, we don’t get anything in return,” said Noor Jahan, who herself is a Deputy Sarpanch from Kudara village.

    She said the village has no mobile network connectivity and she herself contested the last Panchayat election with the aim to get her village mobile phone connectivity, however, authorities never paid any heed to her repeated pleas.

    Jahan said that this time she came to vote with the hope that this long pending demand of the villagers is fulfilled through their local representative as the DDC elections have a lot more importance and its members are more empowered.

    Another group of villagers at Kudara said that the village also lacks better road connectivity from Sumlar village as the road is in a dilapidated condition and is not even motorable.

    “We have been facing a lot of difficulties due to the bad condition of the road. The road is in such a bad condition that if a pregnant lady is taken to hospital she delivers mid-way due to the bumpy ride. We hope that our local representative for DDC will raise these issues which is why we came to vote this time,” they said.

    The Village went to polls during the fifth phase of DDC election in Arin Panchayat block of Bandipora district.

    Out of the total 13,569 votes in Arin Panchayat block 7658 votes were polled of 4108 were male and 3550 were female voters during 5th phase of DDC elections.

    A total of 13 candidates are in the fray to contest DDC election from Arin block of which 10 are contesting “independently” while the rest three are contesting on their respective party tickets.

    As part of the seat-sharing pact, the PAGD has fielded a PDP candidate from this block while JKAP and the BJP have also fielded their candidates from this block—(KNO)

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