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Junaid Mattu leads ‘surrender’ of SMC officers, officials while putting people to trouble
Snowfall makes SMC hapless, careless civic body
1/8/2021 11:41:35 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Jan 8: Officers and officials of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) have gone into ‘surrender’ mode following ‘hands up’ by Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu. The ‘surrender’ has complicated the problems of city residents as the snow has not been cleared from majority of main roads, lanes and by-lanes.
The SMC had issued a press release on Wednesday (January 6) saying that the Corporation is ill equipped to clear the snow from the roads, lanes and by-lanes from the Srinagar. This is despite the fact that most of the roads in the city are meant to be cleared of snow by the Roads & Buildings (R&B) department.
The Corporation has failed in its mandate of clearing snow from the lanes, by-lanes and footpaths of the summer capital of the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The officers of Corporation were on the first day of the snow claiming that everything is hunky dory and it is fully geared to meet any eventuality.
“More than 60 hours have passed ever since the snowfall stopped in the Srinagar city, but till this time there are no whereabouts of SMC officials. The snow continues to be accumulated and no step has been taken to clear the same from the roads, lanes and by-lanes of Batmaloo and Firdousabad areas,” said Mohammad Yasin, a famous businessman who lives in Firdousabad.
Yasin said that the residents of Firdousabad, Batmaloo and adjacent areas contacted the local Corporator who virtually gave in and asked the people to contact the government with respect to clearance of snow. He said that the response of Corporator was pathetic and it sounds of the helplessness of the individual.
“The electricity transformer of our area developed some snag and it was rectified by the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) in no time. The KPDCL officials brought the transformer in the night of Thursday (January 7) but it could not be installed since the snow was not cleared from our locality,” said Noor Mohammad, a resident of Hawal.
Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Hyderpora said that following the failure of SMC officials in removing the snow the residents hired a JCB so that the roads are made fit for moving around. He said the Corporation has failed to provide relief to the people battered by the recent heavy snowfall.
Not to talk of the other areas the SMC has failed to remove the snow from the link roads, lanes and by-lanes of Lal Chowk and adjacent areas. The failure of the Corporation on this front led to frequent traffic jams in the commercially important areas of the Srinagar city. With footpaths occupied by snow the people were forced to walk on the main roads in the Lal Chowk and other areas.
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