1. Maiyan is a small village in Uri. It is situated in near Lacchipura Wildlife Sanctuary and is spread along both the banks of Ghoretal Nala. The area around the village is undulating with steep climbs and large boulders. The terrain, weather and limited infrastructure makes life challenging in this remote village. The problems of the villagers were further aggravated due to lack of black top road to the village.
LOCATION OF MAYIAN VILLAGE
2. Awan and Jawan were brought together by the persistent problems being faced by the villagers. They decided to overcome these challenge through a collaborative effort. The first problem to be addressed was lack of road. Army roped in its assets and manpower to compliment the efforts of locals. Multiple interaction between Civil Administration, locals and Army resulted in accordance of higher priority to Mayian Road under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana(PMKSY). Civil Administration was proactive in allocating resources for construction.
MAYIAN ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION
3. Weather was another challenge as limited time was available before the onset of monsoon. Both Awam and Jawans worked relentlessly towards executing the work. The ‘Josh’ was high and everyone was contributing. The villagers could visulalise their long cherished dream coming through. They could sense the selflessness of the Jawans, their commitment towards the cause. One of the old man walked upto the Party commander and said that,” I never thought that I will see the road to my village during my lifetime, this is not just a road its our lifeline. We will not have to carry patients on our shoulders to nearest roadhead, our ladies will not have to walk to other villages for boarding bus/ taxi.“
4. Mayian is just one story of lifelong commitment and friendship between the locals and the Security Forces in the valley. A friendship which is strengthening day by day as people of Kashmir move towards ‘Naya Kashmir’ and aspire for a bright future for their kids.