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Admin caught unprepared in wake of recent snowfall: Dr Mustafa Kamal

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Says life in Kmr, upper reaches of Jmu continues to remain out of gear

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday censured the incumbent administration over its failure to rise up to exigencies that have surfaced in wake of fresh snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir.

Party’s Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal while taking exception to the widespread administrative apathy on ground said, “Administration has again been caught napping. The fresh snowfall has debunked the claims of the administration on ensuring basic facilities to people. Administration is yet to swing its men and machinery into action to clear the major, minor arterials and inner alleys in North, Central, South Kashmir regions and upper reaches of Jammu division. The situation in the urban areas of Srinagar also narrates a grimy tale of administrative neglect.”

“Many localities in Srinagar city are reeling under darkness; various roads and inner alleys continue to remain inundated. Electricity in many parts of the city is playing hide and seek with consumers. Shortage of edibles and other household merchandise has added to the mounting woes of people across Kashmir. It’s anybody’s guess, what the situation would be in rural areas particularly the upper reaches. If the situation is this awful in urban areas, it’s easier to reckon what predicaments the rural populace across Kashmir would be fraught with,” he said.

Administration, he said had failed to come to grips with the shortage of vegetables and other essential commodities across Kashmir division and upper reaches of Jammu division. “The snow and the government’s failure to anticipate challenges despite the meteorological department’s warning of heavy to very heavy snow, have thrown life completely out of gear in the Valley and angered people,” he rued.

Elsewhere in the Valley, the heavy snowfall, Kamal said, has led to power breakdown, road blockades, and water-logging which have caused immense hardships to common people. “The 270-kilometers long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has remained closed for the most of the time in the last two weeks with hundreds of trucks carrying essential supplies stranded. This has caused scarcity and skyrocketing of essential commodities. To meet the challenges, the higher-ups in administration need to ensure better coordination between various departments, especially those providing essential services like LPG, ration, water and power supply,” he added.

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