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Link roads remain under snow more than a week after snowfall in Kashmir: Tarigami
1/12/2021 10:39:39 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Jan 12: Alleging that people have been grappling with sever crisis as the administration has miserably failed to tackle the situation that arose due to snowfall last week, senior CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Tuesday said snow has not been cleared from link roads while water and electric supply remained affected in many areas in Kashmir. "Snowfall is nothing new in Kashmir given its climatic conditions and topography. But despite that the administration was caught napping as most of the link roads still remain closed more than a week after the snowfall. 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," Mr Tarigami alleged. He said in Kandi areas of the valley people have been left to fend for themselves as there is not only acute shortage of essential commodities, but electricity and water supply too has been affected. "Roads to these areas remain still closed. The patients, particularly pregnant women, and those with cancer and other severe ailments have been left to fend for themselves," he said. In South Kashmir districts, where five to six feet snow was recorded in most areas, the administration was caught completely unprepared. "From power breakdown to closure of roads in South Kashmir, people are battling with every hardship, but the administration seems to be clueless," he said. Tarigami alleged that the 270-kilometers long Srinagar-Jammu national highway has remained closed for the most of the times in the last two weeks with hundreds of trucks carrying essential supplies stranded. "This has caused sacristy 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. The government must ensure there is no chaos for scarcity of essential commodities including LPG, petrol, diesel, and emergency services should be monitored and damaged power distribution lines immediately repaired," he added. Tarigami said the administration must also expedite the restoration of damaged power and water supply as the people have been braving biting cold.
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