Admin failed to restore hassle-free commute across Kashmir: NC

National Conference (NC) Friday said that the agencies consigned with the duty of snow clearance had “miserably failed” to restore hassle-free commute on roads in Srinagar and other district headquarters across north, central and south Kashmir.

In a joint statement issued here, NC leaders Abdul Rahim Rather, Muhammad Shafi (Uri), Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Sakina Itoo, Mubarak Gul, Peerzada Ghulam Ahmad Shah, Shameema Firdous and Nazir Gurezi expressed dissatisfaction over the “slack attitude” of the administration in the restoration of water and electric supply in snow-bound areas.

The NC leaders asked the administration to bump up the process of restoring the basic facilities across Kashmir at the earliest. They also asked the concerned departments to expedite the process of repairing damaged electric transformers on a priority. 

The joint statement quoted the NC leaders as impressing upon the divisional administration to take stock of the availability of necessary edibles including LPG, kerosene oil and other household items in far-flung areas and upper reaches of Kupwara, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama and Charar-e-Sharief to ensure that people do not have to undergo predicaments on that account.

Meanwhile, NC north Kashmir Vice President Sajjad Shafi alleged that for the fourth consecutive day, normal life in Sub Division Uri remained paralysed as the administration failed to restore water, electricity and roads links.

In a separate statement, NC also asked the government to distribute enhanced compensation to the snow-affected people at the earliest.

NC’s Additional Spokeswoman Sara Hayat Shah expressed concern over the existing scale of relief for damage and said that the relief amount should be enhanced as per the scale of relief under the SDRF norms.