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Ensure speedy road clearance, restoration of power supply: CPI(M)

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Srinagar: CPI(M) today said that unprecedented snowfall in Kulgam district has caused massive power breakdown, road blockade and scarcity of the essential commodities.

CPI(M) District Development Council (DDC) members of Kulgam  district Mohammad Afzal Parry, Gh Mohiudin Lone,Mohamad Abass Rather, Akhtara and Ruby Jan in a joint statement  said that Kulgam district being mostly hilly and far-flung  has received heavy snowfall. In upper belt of the district, various places have witnessed more than 6 feet snowfall. Several villages are cut off from the district headquarters since last so many days.

“With heavy snowfall, the administration seems to have come to a grinding halt. Snow is yet to be cleared on several roads in the district resulting in tremendous hardship to the general public especially ladies, elderly and patients who have to walk miles on foot to reach hospitals for treatment,” they said in the statement.

They said that there are few snow cutters and other machines in the whole district which are insufficient. The districts needs more snow cutters and other machinery. Mechanical Engineering department should speed up snow clearance on war footing basis. Despite constraints, administration should shoulder responsibility.

“The snowfall has damaged power distribution lines causing massive power breakdown in the district which has plunged the district especially hilly and far-flung area into darkness. Although power supply in some places have been restored, but several areas are yet to be restored,” they said urging the district administration to expedite the restoration of power supply as people have been braving biting cold.

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