The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Saturday expressed its concern over the administrative breakdown in Kashmir Valley immediately after the shifting of the Government to the Winter Capital.
The spokesman said that unscheduled power cuts, traffic-choked roads, exorbitant airfares and callous highway management have not only impacted commercial operations but have put the general public to terrible inconvenience. People are being held hostage in their vehicles for hours altogether due to poor traffic management and lack of proper infrastructure. Despite several requests, the available manpower for traffic management is not being augmented even in the Capital City not to talk about other district headquarters and towns like Islamabad, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Shopian etc.
There is presently zero adherence to the declared power schedule of the Government and this is causing a lot of hardships to the populations.
The efforts to file online returns are thwarted by the absence of power and internet facilities. The business community cannot be penalized for the failure to provide the environment to facilitate the filing of returns etc.
The most important bridge commonly referred to as the skewed bridge for releasing of traffic pressure on the Central Business District has been converted into a footbridge for unknown reasons despite the huge public outcry.
Immediate administrative decisions are required to mitigate the sufferings of the population as such pitiable conditions could, without fear, be termed as a violation of basic human rights of the population. A few inches of snow seems to have exposed the problem areas and should be taken as a wake-up call for the harsh winter ahead.