Friday, July 3, 2020

The pangs of development

From the lens of Pallavi Sareen 

The road to Nandini, the forgotten hamlet of Jammu.

The road is often blocked by fallen rocks and most of the time one doesn’t know if the path is even open anymore

Once a happening spot amidst tourists, all the shops have closed down now.

Even the Nandini sanctuary has been abandoned

It is no longer a source of pride and tourist attraction

The only animals still around are monkeys wreaking havoc in the abandoned places

The sanctuary that once employed many of Nandini’s residents is empty now leaving empty infrastructure behind that is being put to no use.

The families have still not moved away.

With their source of income snatched away and no compensation provided, the families are barely scrapping by.

The nostalgic place is now a depressing spot.

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