December 2019 News

Govt Unable To Handle Few Inches Of Snow: CPI (M)

14 December 2019
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Castigating the administration for its ill-preparedness to receive the expected snowfall, CPI (M) has said the tall claims made by the authorities on alertness have been exposed by the massive power breakdown and road blockades. In a statement issued here Saturday, the CPI (M) said that although snowfall is not something new for Jammu and Kashmir given its climatic condition and topography, but the administration seems resistant to change its rusty work culture despite tall claims being made every year which later prove a prank. Referring to the massive power breakdown that had plunged the entire valley into total darkness, CPI (M) said the administration took hours to restore power supplies in some parts of the city. Most of the areas in North and South Kashmir are yet to see results of the restorations claims made by the Power Department. With a few inches of snowfall, the entire administration comes to halt which is reflective of a dire need for strengthening of disaster preparedness in Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said. '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 into tremendous inconvenience for the general public, 'added the statement. The CPI (M) said in order to meet the challenges of winter vagaries, the administration needs to ensure a better coordination between different departments especially those providing essential services. Though an early weather warning system is in place put in Absence of the required resources mobilization, weather alerts do not serve any purpose, it said. CPI (M) urged the government to ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities including LPG, kerosene and ration. It further said the damaged power distribution lines should be immediately repaired to ensure a better power supply in the valley.