The residents of Sultanpuria village are a harried lot due to lack of public transport facilities from the village. The villagers have to walk around seven kilometers to Rania to catch a bus. Also, there is no senior secondary school in the village and the students of the village have to go to Rania.
Villager Balwinder Singh said that students were the worst sufferers as they have to travel for hours daily to reach the school and come back home.
Another villager Jagdev Singh said that not only Sultanpuria but many other villages, including Dhotar, Bangi Dhani, 400 Dhani, Jhordnali, Chamal and Ban Sudhar, are facing the same dilemma. Sarpanches of every village had written to the chief minister but to no avail. “We even urged the transport department to run buses in the area but there was no response,” Jagdev said .
Kaluram Khicher, sarpanch of Sultanpuria, said, “Earlier five buses used to reach the village, but now only one bus is there. We have written many times to the general manager of the state roadways but nothing has been done.”
Interestingly, the residents of Sultanpuria had boycotted the Lok Sabha elections as a mark of protest for lack of facilities in the village.