Administration unprepared: Ali Muhammad Sagar

National Conference Sunday censured the administration over its “failure to rise up to exigencies” that had surfaced in the wake of fresh snowfall across Kashmir division.

A statement of NC issued here said NC General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar while taking exception to administrative apathy on the ground said: “Administration has again been caught napping. The fresh snowfall has debunked the claims of the administration on ensuring basic facilities to the people. It has been snowing incessantly since yesterday but the administration is yet to swing its men and machinery into action to clear the major, minor arterials and inner alleys. The situation in the urban areas of Srinagar post snowfall presents a grimy tale of administrative neglect.  Many localities in Srinagar city are reeling under darkness every since it started snowing. Various roads and inner alleys are inundated. Electricity in many parts of the city is playing hide and seek with the consumers. Shortage of edibles and other household merchandise has added to the mounting woes of people across Kashmir.”

It said Sagar urged the administration to take stock of the situation in far-flung areas and ensure people all effective and basic amenities.

“The pesky electricity supply and unsteady water supply have aggravated the people in plains as well as the upper reaches of J&K. Many interior roads haven’t been cleared of snow yet and what worsens the situation is the unavailability of any prompt action from the government. The stock situation in Kargil and other areas including Keran, Badarwah, Kishtwar, Gurez and Leh should be reviewed,” he said in the statement. It said Sagar implored upon the administration to rise up to the needs of people and ensure all basic and effective amenities to them.

The statement said NC’s Members of Parliament, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Hasnain Masoodi and State Secretary SakinaItoo impressed upon the district administration of north and south Kashmir districts to put its men and machinery into action and restore road connectivity, electricity and water supply to all far-flung areas.

It said the leaders also impressed upon the administration to immediately clear the inter-district road network and inner alleys in all north and south Kashmir districts.