hough basic amenities have improved to a certain levels in the past years in several far-flung villages of south Kashmir’s Pahalgam constituency, one thing that hampers their growth is the lack of bus connectivity to connect to the world’s famous tourist place Pahalgam.
Frislan, Pahalgam, the village located about 8 km away from Pahalgam and is located in the midst of hillocks where more than 250 households reside for many generations.
To some extent if a duplicated middle school, ration shop, overhead water tank like facilities are available for the villagers, but lack of bus service impacts on their livelihood.
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“Due to non-availability of alternative jobs, some villagers are forced to move to plains for several months in a year for work,” said Gulzar Ahmad, one of the villager, adding that we have to walk 8 km to reach Pahalgam to catch the bus.
According to locals, during emergencies, transporting a patient to the hospital in Frislan is a Herculean task.
“For getting provisions, we have to walk to Pahalgam, which is about 8 km from here, introduction of bus service will improve livelihood,” said another villager.
According to villagers, the students have to walk by foot at least 8 Kms from the village, to attend their classes.