15 shops gutted in Gulmarg
Varmul, Apr 25: At least 15 shops were gutted in a devastating fire incident in the world famous tourist destination of Gulmarg, 50 kms from Srinagar, on Sunday.
Locals said the fire emanated from the shop of Shabir Ahmad Bhat this morning and it spread in the area within no time. “At least 15 shops were razed to rubble till the fire tenders arrived from Tangmarg,” they said.
“Had fire tenders arrived on time, losses could have been less,” locals said.
They said that for past many years they have been demanding that a fire station should be set up in Gulmarg but till date no one has paid heed towards their pleas. “It is disgusting that the famous tourist destination which is thronged by thousands of tourists everyday has no fire station,” said Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Bhat, Vice-President of Traders Association Gulmarg.
“Two years ago Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) had sanctioned the fire station for the area. The sanction remained confined to papers only,” he added.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 25 Apr 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
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