By Rabiya Bashir
Srinagar, Apr 18: People living in Alamdar Colony of Buchpora Srinagar are exposed to serious health risks, as the area lacks proper drainage system.
The residents of Alamdar Colony C in Rangpora area of Illahi bagh, Buchpora said that rainwater mixed with sewage gets stagnated on the lane, which is yet to be tar topped.
“We are finding it very difficult to walk on the streets, which turn extremely slippery due to continuous stagnation of water. Even children in the area often walk on the streets barefoot, risking their health,” said Nazir Ahmad, a resident of the colony.
They said that despite approaching the authorities, their problems are not solved. “We are tired now. We don’t want to stay here anymore. Our property is worth a Crore but due to the absence of drainage system none is ready to buy our house,” said Sameena, another resident of the colony.
The residents said that the water coming from nearby paddy fields seeps into our colony creating immense hardships for them.
They complained the smell emanating from the stagnated water becomes unbearable for them.
“ We never open our windows due to the foul smell coming from the lane. It is risking our lives. Our children easily fall sick due to the stench and stagnant water,” said residents.
“ Our pleas to construct proper drainage system in the area fell on deaf ears. “The authorities are not even ready to listen to our grievances. They have neglected us every time,” the residents said.
The residents urged the concerned authorities to initiate immediate steps to construct a proper drainage system in the colony.
Imtiyaz Ahmad Qazi, Superintending Engineer, who is handling the City drainage said that due to the paucity of the funds they are not able to construct the drainage system.
“Whenever we receive funds from the government then only we will be able to provide drainage system to the colony and other areas,” he said.
He further said that the residents living in the colony should make a representation and submit it to the SMC Commissioner.
“After submitting the representation we will make a project and provide drainage facilities to the colony,” he said.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.