Thursday , 21 June 2018
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Kishenganga Transmission Towers’ issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the directions of Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, the JK Police on Wednesday arrested four persons in Lawaypora village of Bandipora who according to administration were opposing the installation of transmission towers of Kishenganga Hydro-electric Power Project being constructed in Bandipora. Locals say the NHPC is installing high-voltage power transmission lines and towers near the densely populated village. They said Instead of sorting out the issue NHPC is using police to crush their voice.  NHPC is executing agency of the high profile project. The executing agency has approached District Magistrate for removing the bottlenecks in the implementation of the project.  The Deputy Commissioner has exercised the powers vested in him as District Magistrate. Rightly so, he has the powers to use force if some people try disrupt developmental project like this. However one fail to understand why such powers are not being used by the officials when they ought to be used for the benefit of the people elsewhere. Srinagar-Bandipora road is of prime importance for the people of Bandipora district. Owing to worst situation of this road, the people of Bandipora are suffering from past many decades. Pregnant ladies are being advised not to travel on this road that force such families to stay on rented accommodations in Srinagar to avoid  travelling on this road during  routine check-ups in hospitals. When the road was handed over to Border Roads Organisation (BRO), it was expected that the road will be reconstructed. People had great expectations with the administration and BRO alike. However after several years of waste of time, when youths of Bandipora rose in revolt earlier this year, BRO spilled beans and alleged District administration of not cooperating with them. They alleged that there were land disputes at several places  along the road which were not resolved by the District authorities. One fails to understand why DC Bandipora doesn’t used his powers to resolve issue of public importance. Even the Traders Association and other local leaders had extended full support to the administration. Similarly the blind eye was turned towards the Patushai Grid Station as for years together DCs of Bandipora and Ganderbal failed to resolve land disputes. No such powers were used by them to resolve issues for the larger interests  of the people. No one doubts the intention of District administration for using force to allow installation of transmission towers but turning blind eye towards other such projects expose the hypocritical attitude of district administration Bandipora and provides ample space for doubting the intentions of the administration. Government need to resolve such issues that benefits larger population of Bandipora to restore the trust in administration else it seems that administration is playing in the hands of big corporate houses.