By Sadaket Malik : Nestling amongst high mountainous and cliffy terrain, off shooting high where skies are the limits, it is most prominent townships like Bhalessa, Bonjawah, Basnota, Chilly and Pingal in Doda District.
The spirituality attunes the skies resting aside castes, creed and colours and above all religions, The Ruby Gems on mountainous slopes glows and glitters and marble of Thathri twinkle amidst dense, vibrant, lush green uplands.
The topography of the area is hilly and mountainous. There is Lack of transport communication as compared to other areas of the erstwhile Doda District.
It is the most backward which is evident from the low literacy rate, dilapidated road conditions, poor road net work, low per capita income, Non-existence of industries and lack of adequate agricultural inputs.
There is enough potential to hold back the tourist in the area for at least a fortnight. Imagine how much good it could do to the local economy. Places of pilgrimages if promoted will help bringing the tourist to these areas even while the infrastructure is being developed. Of late, The Tourism Development Authority required to be established firstly.
Bhalessa presents beautiful picturesque as well as attractive fields on way to Padri Top which could be promoted as a health resort as well as a picnic spot. It is on huge heights and one could find large snow field here even in the month of June.
Of late, the people in governance are in favor of creation of separate constituency under the pretext of Delimitation Commission report. Administrative reforms are already in place. The recent changes seemed to be happened. The Tehsil Thathri and Tehsil Bhalessa carved out of Sub- Division Bhaderwah very recently is a milestone in the history. Tehsil Bhalessa has been upgraded as Sub – Division. This way there again remain two Sub-Divisions i.e. Bhaderwah and Bhalessa with three Tehsils namely Bhaderwah, Bhalessa and Thathri in District Doda.
As such, in any case one Sub-Division is to have two Tehsils while the other will remain Sub-Division for one Tehsil. It may be in place to mention that the distance from Thathri to Tehsil Headquarter Bhalessa is only 30 Kms whereas distance from Thathri to Bhaderwah is around 60 Kms. Furthermore, the distance from Bhalessa to Bonjwah is only 20 kms and is geographically very close to Bhalessa.
However, In view of the above considerations the government proposed that new Sub-Division Bhalessa shall comprise, Tehsil Bhalessa and Tehsil Thathri.
Previously, a demand was projected by the public that twenty three villages falling in three Patwar Halqas namely Kansoo, Jora and Malanoo be attached with Tehsil Bhalessa after their deletion from Tehsil Thathri.
The demand for the setting up of Niabats at Bhatyas and Kahara is justified as the area is disconnected administratively.
Another demand received by the government team during its visit to the area pertained to attachment of eleven villages of Patwar Halqas Patnazi and Jawalapur commonly known as Bunjawa with Tehsil Thathri after their detachment from Tehsil Kishtwar on the ground of proximity of the area and convenience of the people.
After considering all counter claims in respect of these demands and taking into consideration, the proximity of Patwar Halqas, administrative convenience and public demand, the team recommended strongly that eight villages of Patwar Halqa Kansoo namely Kansoo, Bathri, Indlu, Dichhal, Bhatoli, Dharyouth, Piyakal, Kuthyara with population of 5,744 can be deleted from Tehsil Thathri and added in Tehsil Bhalessa. The demand for attachment of Patwar Halqas Jora and Malanoo with Bhalessa Tehsil is not found justified and agreeable. The government find it unjustified. This was suggested by the committee formed by the government.
The area of Bonjawah is in close proximity with Bhalessa including Bhatyas and Khara. Geographically Bonjawah, Khara, Bhatyas and Gandoh Bhalessa upto khaljugasar is a single geographical unit.
Unfortunately, the area has been divided and has not taken care of its geographical proximity, Bhalessa is presenty a part of Bhaderwah Constituency including some little part of Bhatyas and chilly, whereas the areas like of Khara and Bonjawah are part of Inderwal assembly segment thereby the local composite culture has been deteriorated. The regional chauvinism has its head high due to its political dislocation. The local composite culture has been damaged and area seemed little progressed & planned.
The locals are in favour of creation of separate political and administrative unit under the pretext of Delimitation commission by combining Tehsil Bhalessa, Khara, Bhatyas, Chilly and Bonjawah and deleting Bhalessa from Bhaderwah and Bonjawah from Inderwal.
It will be a progressive step if Bhalessa-Bhatyas –Bonjawah might be carved as a separate political and administrative unit. The state government should set up a committee for taking into account the sentiments of all three zones viz Tehsil Bhalessa, Bonjawah and Bhatyas Pingal & Chilly areas.
The advantage of separate unit may lead to the progress as far as developmental arena is concerned. The local community especially the people of all these areas be taken in confidence while preparing the final document on achievable motherhood so that the people of the area might get solace of the problems of inadequate development and help to maintain the age old tradition, folk lore and above all culture and geographical oneness.
(Sadaket Malik is a Researcher and a Writer based in Bhalessa and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org )