“Won’t be able to vote in Machil, if polling booth is not established in Kalaroos,” local resident .
Kupwara : On 28 , November elections will be held for DDC kalaroos territorial constituency. Machil, a frontier area, is part of this constituency, but locals who have been shifted after cross border shelling won’t be able to cast votes. One of the resident, who is currently living in a rented flat in Lolab claimed that around 2500 voters, who were shifted to safer places, are in limbo due to bad weather.
Roads have not been cleared yet , the maximum population has shifted to lower reaches, as a part of their normal winter routine.
“People living in Villages affected by cross border shelling, have been shifted by Administration towards Safe area and they won’t be able to move back due to heavy snowfall,” said Manzoor Ahmed ,”It is not possible for us to arrange transport, we also want to cast votes and elect a candidate for the best of our area”.
Manzoor Ahmed , who is a local contractor added that huge chunk of students who are preparing for exams are also currently residing at many places near to Kupwara headquarter due to unavailability of internet connectivity.
“Around 2500 eligible voters are will not be able to cast vote if anyone facility is not set up a commons point , where we can easily reach out. I requested the administration to set up a polling booth in Kalaroos so that we can exercise our democratic right,” Manzoor Ahmed, said in a downcast feeling.
The meteorological department has indicated of continuous bad weather.
Z-Gali, a lone entry point on road to Machil Mainland lies at an altitude of 3150 Mts, is prone to snow avalanches and have witnessed many fatal accidents.
Sajad Bhat, medical student , who shifted from, Dhapal, Machil due to unavailability of the internet said that” I am a Physiotherapist student for online classes, I am staying in a PG accommodation near Kupwara town for winter. The administration should establish polling both at Kalaroos Block for voters so that no one is left out of their fundamental right “.
When Inside Kashmir contacted District Panchayat election officer , Anshul Garg , he didn’t respond to our communication despite repeated attempts .