Kargil: Ladakh Buddhist Association Zanskar (LBAZ) on Tuesday demanded district status for Zanskar, a sub-division falling under Kargil.
LBAZ President, Tsewang Chostar said that people of Zanskar, which is 240 Km from District Headquarters, have been demanding district status for past over seven decades. “We welcome the Centre’s move to split the State into two UTs viz Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. The UT status for Ladakh was a long pending demand of region and so is the demand of Zanskar for district status,” he said while interacting with reporters here. “We appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor Satya Pal Malik to ensure district status to sub-division Zanskar without any further delay,” Chostar added.
Chostar further said Zanskar, with a population of 20,000 souls, remains cut-off from Kargil for seven months annually, owing to heavy snowfall and suffers a lot due to geographical position.
LBAZ General Secretary, Thhering Tandup said that district status to Zanskar would ensure overall development of area besides mitigating sufferings of people, who are facing tremendous hardships due to isolation.
“Without district status, development of Zanskar is not possible,” he said, highlighting that the road leading to Zanskar from Kargil is in shambles and needs immediate repair. “Staff strength in hospital and educational institutions is negligible in Zanskar. Our problems increase manifold when we get cut-off from Kargil and rest of the world during winter,” Tandup added.