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Maintain supply of essential items throughout winter using helicopters in Pithoragarh: U'khand HC

Press Trust of India  |  Nainital 

The High Court has asked the to ensure supply of essential commodities to remote villages in district using choppers within 24 hours and maintain this throughout the winter season.

The order came Thursday on a PIL filed by the residents of around a dozen villages of the district complaining of shortage of essential and other necessities due to their location in inhospitable terrain and poor road connectivity.

A bench of Acting and Justice directed as an interim measure the government is to provide necessary rations, including flour, ghee, rice, cereals and pulses including fresh vegetables, spices, kerosene oil, matchboxes, condensed milk, tea, toiletries, blankets and other items of daily need within 24 hours by helicopter.

The court also asked the to maintain regular supply of these items to the villages concerned till the winter season is over.

"It shall be open to the to liaison with the to punctually implement this order. We also permit the of Uttarakhand, to take the assistance of the towards the implementation of this order," the court said.

The PIL was filed by the residents Lamari, Bundi, Chaiya Lekh, Garbiyang, Napalchu, Gunji, Nabi, Rongkong, Kuti, Kalapani, Nabhi Dhang of district.

Together they have a population of about 9,000 but there are no roads connecting these villages. The only approach to these villages is by bridle paths and trails, the PIL said.

The terrain of these areas is inhospitable. In 1999-2000, the Centre decided to construct the Ghatiyabagarh-Lipulekh Motor Road, but till date, the road has not been completed. Therefore, compounding the difficulties faced by the residents, it said.

The PIL said due to lack of communication and suspension of helicopter service after the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra, they do not have necessary and essential and other necessities.

There were recently that inadequate supply of essential to villagers in parts of had made them turn to Chinese items available in the markets of

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 15:50 IST