Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) leader, Syed Iqbal Tahir today met a delegation of advocates from Pahalgam. The delegation apprised him about the problems faced by people from Pahalgam and surrounding areas as the residents of Pahalgam continue to battle with civic woes- poor healthcare, irregular water supply, shabby roads and inadequate educational facilities.
The delegation mentioned that although the notified area of Pahalgam witnessed some development, the majority of the pockets lacked the amenities. The main roads leading to Pahalgam haven’t been macadamised for a long time and many interior localities also lacked proper connectivity. The residents are not happy with the quality of drinking water that they receive from the local water bodies. They also complained that the health care facilities on the fringes are far from satisfactory.
Residents complained about the government’s failure to complete many key projects responsible for the under-development of the area. “Development projects like construction of Sub District Hospital at Pahalgam, roads, Tourist Reception Centre and Water Supply Schemes that were started for the upliftment of the constituency remained incomplete,” delegation said.
The delegation also complained that Pahalgam is slowly turning into a concrete jungle and wanton construction of hotels has ravaged its virgin environs.Inordinate delay in the implementations of “Pahalgam Master Plan 2032” has encouraged the illegal construction which has ravaged the ecologically fragile meadows of Pahalgam, ” they said.
On the occasion, Syed Iqbal Tahir assured the delegation that JKPM will be working for the interests of the people of Pahalgam. Meanwhile, advocates Showkat Ahmed and Arafat Ahmed joined JKPM party.