Authorities unable to handle situation after snowfall: CPI(M)

SRINAGAR: Castigating the administration for its ill-preparedness to handle the expected snowfall, CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami has said the tall claims made by the authorities on their alertness have been exposed by the power breakdown, road blockades, sanctity of ration and other difficulties faced by the people.
In a statement issued here today, the CPI (M) leader said that although a heavy snowfall is not something new for the region, tall claims being made prove a prank.
Referring to the massive power breakdown that had plunged the entire valley into total darkness, he said that the administration failed to restore power supplies. “in most of the areas in the Valley , especially South Kashmir, the restoration claims made by the Power Department are a hoax.
The CPI (M) leader wondered that with a few inches of snow the entire administration comes to a grinding halt which is reflective of a dire need for strengthening disaster preparedness in Jammu and Kashmir. “The snow is yet to be cleared on many roads and a major road network in rural areas across the Valley is yet to see the traffic plying resulting in tremendous inconvenience for the general public.
“Though weather warning system is in place but in absence of the required resources mobilization, weather alerts do not serve any purpose,” he remarked.
He urged upon the administration to ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities including LPG, kerosene, sugar and ration. “The medical services, especially emergency services, should be monitored besides the damaged power distribution lines should be immediately repaired to ensure a better power supply in the valley” he demanded.


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