Authorities not able to handle few inches of snow: Tarigami

Srinagar, Jan 19: Castigating the administration for its ill-preparedness to receive the expected snowfall, CPI (M) State Secretary M Y Tarigami on Saturday said the tall claims made months ago by the authorities on their alertness have been exposed by the massive power breakdown, road blockades, damaged water supply lines and other difficulties faced by the people.
 In a statement issued here Tarigami said that although a heavy snowfall is not something new for the state of Jammu and Kashmir given its climatic condition and topography, but the administration seems resistant to change its rusty work culture despite tall claims being made every year which later prove a prank.
 Referring to the massive power breakdown that had plunged the entire valley and Ladakh region into total darkness, Tarigami asked that the administration took more than 24 hours to restore power supplies in some parts of the city even if most of the areas of the city maintained that the power supply has not been restored so far. “Most of the areas in North, South and Central Kashmir are yet to see results of the restorations claims made by the Power Development Department,” he stressed.
 The CPI (M) leader wondered that with a few inches of snow the entire administration comes to a grinding halt which is reflective of a dire need for strengthening of disaster preparedness in Jammu and Kashmir. “The snow is yet to be cleared on many roads and a major road network in rural areas across the Valley is yet to see the traffic plying resulting into tremendous inconvenience for the general public,” he said.
 In order to meet the challenges of winter vagaries, the higher ups in the administration need to ensure a better coordination between different departments especially those providing essential services. “Though an early weather warning system is in place but in absence of the required resources mobilization, weather alerts do not serve any purpose,” he added.
 Tarigami urged the government to ensure that there is no chaos or scarcity of essential commodities including LPG, kerosene, sugar and ration. “The medical services, especially emergency services, should be monitored besides the damaged power distribution lines should be immediately repaired to ensure a better power supply in the state,” he demanded.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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