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Jammu KashmirUri, where locals can't live without Army

Uri, where locals can’t live without Army


URI: Uri area of north 's Baramulla district is in news where 17 soldiers lost their lives on Sunday in a fidayeen attack. But for the people of Uri, it is the Army who provide them basic facilities while the civil administration seems invisible on the ground.

Urusa village is one of the village in Uri on the heels of the LoC that was devastated by the 2005 earth quake. The basic infrastructure has been built by the Army and the air force over the years.

“The middle school got demolished in 2005 earth quake but was built by Air Force not by the government,” the locals said. “We are entirely dependent on the army for the basic facilities like roads, water and the care facilities and the employment. Government has not been bothered for upgradation of basic facilities here.”

Urusa is the last village of this part of Kashmir, where late Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam Azad visited along with some Union ministers after the 2005 devastating earth quake.

Life returned to normal in the border village which was deserted for years following the truce between and Pakistan in 2003. According to locals, the truce between India and Pakistan has brought cheers on the faces of people.  “We fled before the ceasefire from this village to the safer area, which has been ended now.  But Sunday's deadliest attack has put the villages near the LoC in a great threat. We don't know when the infiltrators enter here and many carry out similar attacks on the Army and on civilians,” the locals said.

The last time Uri actually made headlines was for a reason entirely different. In 2005, the road to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir was opened here, allowing the movement of people and goods through Kaman bridge.

The Urasa and it's adjoining villages (Chakara, Guwati, Chakara, Muripatti) sans health facility. “If anybody falls ill, we have to take patient to Uri town with the help of army,” they said. Villagers regularly visit the Army hospital for treatment, their children study in the Army school, and a shrine revered by locals and a museum dedicated to the history of Uri are inside the garrison. The locals know many of the soldiers on the base, even consider some as friends. “We (Army and civilians) know each other very well. This has been most peaceful area in Kashmir except their had been ceasefire violations from other side of the border,” said Bilal Ahmad, a local.

Uri is a town with one small hospital, a police station, no petrol pump, few government schools and sporadic electricity supply. “People are dependent on the Army. Without Army support it is not possible for us to live here,” said Ali Mohammad, a local resident.

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