Farooq asks admn to address post snowfall exigencies

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Jan 14: National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar, Dr Farooq Abdullah today sought immediate resumption of road connectivity across the snow bound areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, expressing concern over the difficulties faced by people of remote hamlets and upper reaches of North, South and central Kashmir, Dr Farooq said, “The major arterials connecting Dawar, Kanzalwun, Keran, Karna, Gurez, Jumgund and many far flung areas to their district headquarters haven’t been cleared of snow yet. People living in those areas are going through immense difficulties. The situation is no different across the upper reaches of South, Central Kashmir and Chenab region districts.”
He said that students, elderly and patients are in particular at the receiving end due to the blockage of roads connecting these far-flung areas to district headquarters. “The situation is no different in the snow bound region of Chenab region where the access to all upper hamlets is yet to be restored,” he said.
“The divisional administrations in Jammu & Kashmir must ensure that flying squads are placed on the grounds to check price rise. The situation has become more precarious in wake of the absence of public representatives,” said the NC chief.
Dr Abdullah said resumption of connectivity is the main issue that has to be tackled on priority basis. He further impressed upon the divisional administration to reach out to the tribals caught in snow blitz in Sonamarg with relief and rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, in a joint statement released from the party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar, senior NC leaders Abdul Rahim Rather and Nazir Ahmed Khan Gurezi asked the administration to ensure snow clearance on major and minor inter and intra district arterials on priority basis.
They urged the incumbent administration to take stock of the situation in far-flung areas and ensure people all effective and basic amenities. “The pesky electricity supply and unsteady water supply have aggravated the people in plains as well as the upper reaches of both Kashmir and Jammu divisions. The stock situation in the higher reaches of Bandipora, Budgam and other areas should be reviewed,” they said.