Over 300 souls in the Indian village on Indo-Pak dividing line, called Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu hailed men in Olive Green, as they provided them drinking water facility, a much awaited dream for the villagers since India got Independence in 1947.
Though there were tall claims of development by successive governments since Independence in Jammu & Kashmir, this LoC village called Suanaad was waiting for drinking water for last three generations.
The villagers including women, children and aged all raised pro-Indian army slogans and also hailed the men in uniform for their social work. The army officers inaugurated and dedicated the water tank to the people of this frontier village which also stands by them in the time of need.
The village, Suanaad, falls in Poonch sector of LoC and is situated very close to the fence i.e. just 500 meters from LoC – today resonated with pro-Indian army slogans and had cheerful faces to greet as their dream turned into a reality – a drinking water tank in the mountainous and far –flung village since 1947.
Mohammad Azam, a former village head and a senior citizen, said, "Suanaad, which is the last village of India along LoC and just opposite to PoK's Tetrinot village, comprises of 47 houses and our direct liason for all the basic needs is Indian army rather than local administration and government as hardly any politicians or officers visit us here".
This is the time, when there is lot of pressure upon Indian army deployed at LoC not only to counter Pakistani firing at forward posts but to foil attempts of infiltration from Pakistan.
Visibly happy Ruksana Bi, an old woman recalls that normally they have to walk for around 5 kilometers to a river dividing Indian and Pak occupied part of J&K to get a bucket of drinking water and how it had become a routine for the last 70 years.
"Majority of the population of this village is Gujjar and Bakarwal (Nomads) community and we are sufferers of scarcity of basic amenities and also Pakistani firing," said Aslam, a youth.
The Commanding Officer of Army's 39 RR unit, Colonel Jagat Narayan, said that it is not a big thing for army, but for these people it is a long pending demand to have a drinking water tank at their respective village. He added that as army is always there to help these people, so when they came to know there is a dire need of water tank, the army initiated assertively".