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Residents of tourist hub of Zanskar threaten to launch stir over power, telecom crisis

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Livid residents of in the tourist hotspot of region in have threatened to call a complete shutdown in the picturesque valley if their demands for round the clock power supply, better roads and aren't met within a week.

The threat comes amidst peak tourist season as schools in northern part of the country are shut due to summer vacation. The region is equally popular amongst foreign tourists.

According to Ladakhi Budisht Association (LBAZ), which advocates the cause of region of Ladakh, the has failed to provide them basic facilities.

"If the demands are not fulfilled within a week's time and government fails to reciprocate, we will call for a shutdown of Zanskar region for a week and commence a hunger strike in Kargil, of LBAZ, Tsewang Chostar said today.

Chostar said the region was facing major power and connectivity crisis.

Mobile networks are only available for six to seven hours in a day. Despite repeated requests, nothing has been done by the authorities, he said.

The visiting domestic and foreign tourists too are hassled due to poor or no connectivity, he said.

The power situation is equally miserable and most of the people are forced to have dinner by the candlelight, he added.

Due to the power outages, small scale industries, offices, restaurants and other establishments have been hit hard during tourist season.

Chostar lamented the delay in completion of Chader road and the work on Nymo-Padam-Darchak highway, which he said was going on at snail's pace.

The LBAZ has submitted a memorandum to the including of Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil seeking immediate redressal.

Chostar also lashed out at the Central government, accusing it of neglecting the region.

"talks about digital India, but unfortunately Zanskar, which has a huge land mass, is totally dependant upon one which remains off most of the times, Chostar said.

The region is known for its tourist destinations yet, not even a single tourist infrastructural project has been granted by the Centre, he said.

He also called upon the government to ensure preservation of ancient monuments which are slowly vanishing from Zanskar area due to step-motherly treatment by the government.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 20:10 IST