Three dead in landslide at Drabshalla

Three dead in landslide at Drabshalla

CM, Guv express grief, Naeem directs for immediate road clearance
JAMMU: Three people including a three-year-old child were killed after a landslide hit Kuligund, Drabshala area on Batote-Kishtwar road on Monday. Witnesses said that the some people were travelling by foot when the landslide hit, as the road was already closed for traffic.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N N Vohra expressed grief over the death of three persons in the incident.
In a condolence message, the Governor has conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He has wished speedy recovery to those who have been injured in this incident.
Expressing deep grief and anguish over the loss of lives, Minister for Public Works Department, Naeem Akhtar asked the Chief Engineer R&B Department Jammu to immediately rush to the spot and take stock of the road restoration work in the area, an official spokesman said here.
The minister said that given the vulnerability of this road stretch to landslides, the Chief Engineer R&B Jammu has been asked to work out the feasibility of providing an alternate link bypassing the existing susceptible stretch.
“As soon as the feasibility report for the alternate link is finalized, the R&B Department would start work on it after fulfilling the requisite codal formalities,” the Minister said and added that Rs 90 crore already stand sanctioned for upgradation of Batote-Kishtwar highway.

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