Flood saviour businessman left in lurch

Greater Kashmir

The authorities at the helm of affairs seem to be unmoved and this has resulted in virtual starvation of his family.

A poor young man who emptied his synthetic foam mattress warehouse just to ensure people were saved from drowning during the recent floods is now moving from pillar to post for getting compensated by the Government .

The authorities at the helm of affairs seem to be unmoved and this has resulted in virtual starvation of his family. 

Details available reveal that one Nayeem Ahmad Khuroo an entrepreneur from Naikbagh, Nowgam Srinagar lost all his stocks, foam mattresses and wooden planks, during recent floods in Kashmir as they were used by the local volunteers to rescue people from the floods. 

As the volunteers were in helpless condition and could not carry out rescue for want of boats on September 7th , they took out his stocks of foam mattresses which floated in the waters and these mattresses were put in use by them in Naik Bagh area and other places across Srinagar and it helped to rescue more than 300 people from the floods.

Nayeem offered his stocks comprising foam mattresses which could float and wooden planks as there was hue and cry in the area , but during this process more and more people kept coming to his shop and took away all his stocks, around 400 mattresses.

Now his business enterprise under the name ‘Star Wood Dealers & Nandini Mattresses’ Naik Bagh Nowgam has totally collapsed as he had not insured his business unit. 

“ My business venture was the only source of income for me and my family comprising among others his five unmarried sisters. As mattresses and wooden planks could float easily people used them to take out men , women and children from the flood hit areas. I thought Government will compensate me but it is more than three months I submitted my documents before DC Srinagar , but till date I haven’t been compensated. Even the DC Srinagar recommended my case before Divisional Commissioner Kashmir , but the case is still pending there and I am starving “ said Nayeem.

“I am not asking for relief for the damages caused due to floods , but I want justice as my stocks were pressed into service and they were helpful to rescue people during floods at Nowgam , Aloocha Bagh , B K Pora , Batmaloo and other many other areas” Nayeem added

“As people were crying for help we along with ten volunteers from Wathora and Kralpora area jumped into the flood water to reach out to the trapped people at Naik Bagh, Nowgam. After finding the mattresses in his warehouse, we used them as boats to rescue trapped people. We appeal Government to come to his recue now as his foam mattresses and wooden planks proved very much helpful during rescue work " said Mohammad Ayaz from Wathoora Chadoora.

"We had informed the trapped people that the mattresses used in their rescue belonged to the Star Wood Dealers, Nowgam. The people promised that they would compensate the owner but nobody came forward . It is the duty of the Government to provide monetary compensation to Nayeem Ahmad , but it is so sad that he has to move from pillar to post and his only fault is that he emptied his shop for the sake of affected people” said Mukhtar Ahmad Dar another rescue worker who used Nayeem’s foam mattresses and wooden planks for rescuing people

“I now appeal Governor N N Vohra , Principal Secretary to Government Dr Asgar Samoon and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to come to my recue. I have lost each and everything just to ensure safety of people and if I am not helped by the Government , in future nobody will come forward during such natural disasters “ said Nayeem Ahmad.