The Barot Valley – A victim of the false promises and deceptive assurance given by the political leaders.
The Barot Valley – A heaven like tourist spot cries for maintenance for over a decade
The Himachal assembly polls are nearing and 53 candidates left the battle field on the last date for withdrawing the nominations, and now we are left with 469 candidates in the arena. The list of the promises has been printed on fine quality paper and is being circulated through manifestos. One of the highlights of these manifestos is the development of the tourism industry in Himachal. However, these promises mostly remain printed on the manifesto and rarely see the real world action. Here is one example.A resident of the Joginder Nagar wrote to HW along with images and related URLs of the Chauhar Valley, better known as Barot valley – a beautiful tourist spot located in the Joginder Nagar, District Mandi of Himachal Pradesh. According to him, the Barot Valley has a great potential as a perfect destination for tourists , but the government is not paying any attention towards its maintenance and development. Interestingly, Kaul Sigh, former Congress chief who has filed nomination from the Darang constituency for the polls scheduled for next month, was approached many times with the issue of the bridge in the valley, which fell down in 1995 due to a flood. However, nothing was delivered accept assurance. The complainer further puts it in the following words:
The original Text of the complaint sent to HW:
“Well the problem is that government is not taking care of this place, which can be developed as a tourist hub Here are the photos with description.
In this image you can see the left side pillars of the broken bridge. This bridge was broken in flood 1995 and yet not built again. Kaul Singh several time assured that they are working on this matter, but nothing ever actually done for solve the issue . On the right side you can see a small temporary bridge made of woods. This bridge flows away every time when there is a little flood in Uhl river and villagers have to go round about 3KM long to reach the other side – the Multhan village (Multhan village is in Distt. Kangra , Baijnath block on the other side of the bridge)
In this picture you can see the poor condition of the roads, that leads from Barot to Mayot village and was constructed about 6 years ago. The condition of the road is worse than a dirt road. It’s a shame to have such a lethargic governing body.
This road leads from Barot to Bada Gram village ( in Kangra district ) was constructed approximately 20 years ago and yet no better than the ruins of devastated place Many time you have to cross a vehicle by driving over the water streams due to the lack of the bridge over it.”
The valley is not fortunate enough to get any attention inspite of being full of potential of earning dollars for the state. Those who live in the valley or travel to the valley faces tough road and broken bridges.Why is that, the cries of public has been ignored even over a decade. That’s what the both parties calls development. It’s a single case, but it does show the attitude of these political parties, which lures the public with promises before the election and then turns their back to them once the elections are over. We suggest, now we should wait for the results of the polls to be held on November/4/2012 and then expect the new government to attend the issue as Mr. Kaul Singh didn’t find it considerable enough.