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South Kashmir areas reeling under darkness; most roads yet to be cleared of snow: NC

Srinagar, Jan 06: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Sunday expressed dismay over the sluggish approach of administration in mitigating problems of people arising from recent snowfall.

Former Minister and State Secretary Sakina Itoo while expressing disappointment over the slothful approach of the administration in dealing with the problems arising after recent snowfall said, “People’s expectations of what administration should be doing after snowfall have been met with disappointment. Many interior roads in South Kashmir areas are yet to be cleared of snow. Many localities are still reeling under darkness. The snowfall has again caught the administration napping,” she said adding that the field staff is invisible on ground. “The unavailability of doctors in health centers is also adding to the plethora of miseries that people are facing.”

Sakina said that many interior roads and low lying areas continue to remain inundated in various hamlets of south Kashmir Including Noorabad. “I have been receiving complaints about shortage of ration in various hamlets of south Kashmir particularly Noorabad. The administration should have maintained sufficient stocks in south Kashmir areas besides having a contingency plan into the operational functioning of district administration to meet such exigencies arising after snowfall,” she said.

She said that the incumbent governor administration didn’t rise up to the expectations of people in ensuring all basic and effective amenities. “Never in history have the people of Kashmir faced such troubles as they have been facing since the BJP-PDP government took over the reins of state. The governor administration proved equally indolent and unconcerned to the problems of people,” she said.

She maintained that people can no longer withstand the ineptitude and disorderly disposition of administration that seemingly has become a norm now. “People want a responsible, democratically elected government, which will hold administration accountable,” she said.

Essential services restored within hours in Noorabad: SDM

Kulgam, Jan 06: Sub District Magistrate Noorabad today said that the essential services disrupted at some places due to the snowfall across sub-district D H Pora were restored within hours as the administration worked round the clock.
Giving details about the restoration of essential services SDM said that snow clearance on all main and link roads was completed in the area and roads were through in the morning of January 5.
Electricity, water supply was restored at an earliest in all villages of Noorabad and buffer stock of essential commodities, like rice, atta, and LPG is available in the area and there is no shortage of essential commodities in Noorabad he added.
While giving details of the snow clearance of roads AEE mechanical subdivision D. H. Pora said that P1 roads of the area were cleared before 6 am which includes D. H. Pora Kulgam road main road, Aharbal Kulgam road, Batpora to Tsimer road D. H. Pora to nandimarg road and all other P2 roads were also cleared before 10 am on 5 January and 5 snow-clearing machines were pressed on job of snow clearance in the area and a smooth movement of traffic was seen throughout the day.
SDM also rebutted the news report posted by a local online news portal and said that a baseless report has been posted by the portal which is far from ground reality he added.
He also urged the people of the area to contact him whenever they have any problem in their area and assured that swift action will be initiated to mitigate the issues of the people and at earliest.