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Claims of the administration not matching with ground realities: Tarigami

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Srinagar: CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said that  tall claims made by the administration on  alertness have been exposed with snowfall especially in South Kashmir causing massive power breakdown, road blockades and scarcity of the essential commodities.

In a statement issued here today, Tarigami said that despite the prediction by the Meteorological Department, administration was ill-prepared for the snowfall. “Although snowfall is not something new to the region, the administration seems resisting change in its rusty work culture.”

He said that snow is yet to be cleared on several roads in rural areas across the valley resulting in tremendous hardship to the general public.

“To meet the challenges, the administration needs to ensure better coordination between various departments especially those providing essential services. The government must ensure that there was no chaos for scarcity of essential commodities including LPG, kerosene oil, ration and emergency services should be monitored and damaged power distribution lines immediately repaired,” said Tarigami.

He pointed out that the snowfall has resulted in massive power breakdown which has plunged the valley, especially remote areas in south Kashmir into darkness.

The CPI(M) leader asked the administration to expedite the restoration of power supply as people have been braving biting cold.

“Power Development Department (PDD) has failed to create a buffer stock of electricity transformers to address the situation surfaced due to damaged transformers. The transformers, installed in every neighborhood develop technical snags and the consumers are left helpless in darkness and freezing cold till the process of lifting, repairing and re-installing a faulty transformer is completed in weeks together,” said Tarigami.

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