Jammu: Opposition members raised slogans against the acute power shortage and continued road blockades across the Kashmir Valley and Chenab Valley in the aftermath of the snowfall and inclement weather. The members accused the government of complete failure in reaching out to the common people who were suffering immensely due to the lack of quick response from the authorities.
Banihal legislator Vikar Rasool Wani claimed that 13 houses have been damaged in his constituency. He said that the sufferers have not been provided any relief material from the government.
The PDF chairman and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yaseen sought immediate direction from the assembly chair for restoration of essential services in snowfall hit areas.
Marxist legislator from Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami ridiculed the government for offering assurances and sought restoration of the delivery system of essential services on the ground level. “This is not the time to give assurances but the restoration of the delivery of the services is the concern which should be ensured immediately,” Tarigami said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rahman Veeri admitted that power supply and road restoration was badly hit by the snowfall in Kulgam area. He said the ground staff of both power and R&B departments is working overtime to restore power and clear the roads in almost all parts of Kashmir valley.
He informed the house that deputy commissioners in all the districts are overseeing the restoration work on the ground. The ministers said that government has pressed into service as many as 8 snow clearance machines and 16 dewatering pumps in Srinagar to ensure speedy restoration of services in the capital city.