Activate private groups, KCCI tells public

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Monday expressed concern over the situation arising in Kashmir Valley due to incessant rains.
In a press statement issued here, KCCI said it held a Special Meeting to assess the situation.
Appreciating the “proactive steps” being taken by the state government to limit the damages, KCCI asked the public “to activate private groups at the local levels including youths, students, NGOs, and business fraternity.”
KCCI asked the public “not to panic” and “prepare to tackle any situation head on.”
KCCI, however, expressed regret over the “slipshod manner” in which the preventive measures were undertaken after the September Floods by state government and New Delhi.
“It has resulted in exposing the general public to nature’s fury,” it said, adding, “The strengthening of the banks, repairing and reconstruction of the drainage system, de-silting of the flood channels, rivers and sewerage systems are measures which could have been taken and would have been of critical importance in today’s situation.”
The meeting also constituted a Special Task Force for taking stock of the situation on ground in the main markets, the statement said, adding that it would be coordinating with other associations and organisations.
The Chamber asked the government to designate a single spokesperson for regularly updating the public about the changing situation.