What happens when the government works at its own pace? A simpler way of rephrasing this can be what happens when the government does not work? Let us get into that zone of questioning the government’s utterly slow and negligent response to a massive problem.
I can begin with building the scenario for you to understand the depth of this problem.
Let me first introduce you to the name Phallain Mandal (pronounced Ph-laa-aen Man-daal) . Half of you would not know it which is a sad state of affairs in itself. Phallain Mandal is a place beyond Satwari and if you go further beyond, you have a cluster of civilization that populates about 50 villages. What is important to consider here is the fact that civilization means humans and anyone human is important along with other forms of flora and fauna.
Now consider this.
Phallain Mandal is about five kilometres from Satwari. It was earlier connected to Satwari through a NIKKI TAWI bridge that was washed away in September floods. So that is one bridge out of the picture. About now, Phallain Mandal is connected to Satwari by a make-shift bridge that the Army built. Thanks, very much Indian army, Salute!
You can see the problem in these pictures.
Monsoons are about five months away and all of you know that our dear Tawi fills up during the season. All of us go to the bridge and have nice time. However, it is not a very nice time for the people from Phallain Mandal and beyond. The make-shift bridge that connects them to Satwari will submerge under water during the rainy season.
The Problem that monsoons will create:
It is safe to conclude that the general populace from villages does not have many rich folk. Villages mostly have people who travel using the scarce public transport that connects these villages to any city area. Once the make-shift bridge submerges in monsoons, the people of about 50 villages will have to travel over 30 excruciating kilometres to travel to Satwari which for most villages is a little over just 6 kilometres.
The Problems that these people face currently:
- The state government is not doing anything to save these people’s time and money for starters. This translates to nothing is being done to initiate the building of a new bridge. There has been no repair for even the older bridge for Six months now and it only throws light on the ignorance of our government.
- Also, the alternative track to Jammu city, via Karnaile Chak is so broken, that the normal time to commute to Bhagwati Nagar is extended by over Half an Hour. The passengers from Satwari have to change two city matadors spending almost twice the fare which is by any means unfair to them simply when these people have to work really hard to earn their livelihoods.
- The make-shift bridge does not allow for heavy vehicles and so any ration has to come via the Bhagwati Nagar – Karnaile Chak broken route. Heavy vehicles simply avoid coming to this area and as a result many a time daily-usage items are not available.
The simple solution – Government needs to WORK
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