Calling for immediate redressal of public grievances in view of fresh snowfall, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and MLA-elect Amirakadal Altaf Bukhari has said it is a matter of serious concern that the administration seems unable to handle few inches of snow in Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, Bukhari said ill-preparedness of the administration to cope up with the problems created by routine snowfall during the winter underlines the need for overhauling the system. “Power break-down, road blockades, damages to water supply lines, scarcity of ration, water logging and other difficulties faced by the people in Kashmir have become synonymous with winter. This pathetic situation needs to be changed,” Bukhari said while asking PDD, CAPD, PHE and SMC to press into service its men and machinery for mitigating the sufferings of people especially in flood-hit Srinagar.
Bukhari asked PDD to expedite restoration of power supply in Kashmir especially in Srinagar city where flood-affected people have been reeling under biting cold in absence of alternative heating arrangements. “Drains in many areas of flood hit Amirakadal are still blocked and no effort is being made to flush out these choked drains. The water logging at many places including Hari Singh High Street, Mehjoor Nagar, Regal Chowk and Jawahar Nagar has resulted in tremendous hardships to the general public. Similarly there are many areas where the stagnant water has started inundating roads, lanes and by lanes in Shehr-e-Khaas and the interiors of Amirakadal constituency but there seems to be no response from the Srinagar Municipal Corporation to clear these roads for pedestrians,” he said.
Bukhari urged Governor N N Vohra to direct the administration to address the scarcity of essential commodities including rice, atta, sugar, LPG, kerosene oil and drinking water.