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Wake up to winter exigencies: Sagar asks Admin 

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar on Monday said that the J&K administration continues to be “beset with a slack attitude with regard to winter preparedness”.

In a statement released from the party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Sagar said, “We only get to hear about meetings but the implementation part is missing. During the previous winter season, the lack of coordination among various departments in dealing with the snowfall had compounded the hardships faced by the public across the Kashmir division and the upper reaches of the Jammu division.”

“This year, the situation is no different. People across Kashmir have already started complaining about the erratic power supply, unscheduled power outages, and severe drinking water shortages. If this is happening at the very outset of winter, we can well imagine the situation during the upcoming harsh winter months,” he said.

He said that the party has been asking PDD to prepare a schedule for power distribution, advance dumping of stock of transformers, poles, and conductors, and branch cutting of trees need to be practically followed well before the winter.

He further added, “Snow clearance plans should be made in advance so that the men and machinery power is utilised in an effective manner. Last year roads in snow-bound upper reaches and many of our townships remained closed for weeks altogether. One can only hope that the admin has learned from its previous mistakes.”

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