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Few inches of snow punctures Govt's tall claims
People without electricity, essentials
2/8/2019 10:16:14 PM
Mohammad Faqhir
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Feb 8: The government failed yet again to meet the challenges thrown up by the recent snowfall even as the MeT had warned of moderate to heavy snowfall in Kashmir and other parts of the state.
The government failed to restore electricity to the affected areas. The assurance of men and machinery being kept ready also proved a hoax and to make it worse, there was shortage of essentials as well, sources said.
Pertinently it snowed continuously across Kashmir yesterday throwing life out of gear. The plains received 6-9 inches of snow, and in the northern districts it was almost 12 to 14 inches while as the higher reaches received 2 to 2.6 inches of snow till Thursday evening.
Mohammad Altaf from Narbal said that, it was police personnel that were helping the people and stranded vehicles on the roads, while as the people from civil administration were missing for a whole day.
There is no electricity from yesterday evening, and people are being forced to face hardships in absence of basic facilities, and government has failed at all fronts, adding in Sep 2014 there was same kind of situation when government was failed to rescue the people, despite it was already known that floods will hit JK, said Altaf.
However sources said that. an under construction transmission tower of BBTL collapsed in north Kashmir's Bandipora village on Thursday morning due to heavy snowfall.
Manzoor Ahmad Bukhari, a noted social activists and writer from Baramulla said that, the Chief Engineer Kashmir is telling a white lie, about the restoration of 80% of electricity across the Kashmir valley.
In Baramulla town electricity has not been restored yet, we don't have electricity from yesterday evening and the governor should enquire why false promises are being made with the people, when the ground situation speaks something different, Bukhari lamented.
Pertinently there are reports that the Chief Engineer PDD, has said that against 1200 Mega Watts, the department is currently supplying 800 MWs.
"Barring three district areas including Budgam, Shopian and Kulgam, at least 80 percent of the electricity has been restored across Kashmir, sources while quoting CE, PDD as having said.
However sources further said that, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Baseer Khan has issued an order which reads that, all the Petrol Pump owners have been strictly directed not to issue more than 3 Liters Petrol and 10 Liters Diesel to any vehicle.
The prices of edible items have gone high due to inclement weather and authorities have again failed to keep the sufficient stock of daily items in advance, and with the result people are suffering at large, sources added.
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