The minister of state for Home, Industries and Commerce Sajad Ahmad Kichloo flew to Srinagar in wee hours on Saturday to take stock of the situation arising out of the heavy snow fall in various parts of the Kashmir Province. He convened a high level meeting of the district administration and directed for early restoration of essential services and snow clearance from the all trunk roads and inner link roads on war footing basis.
As per a statement Kichloo lauded both civil and police administration for quick response to mitigate the hardships of the people and restoring essential services within minimum possible time in the aftermath of recent heavy snow fall and hoped that well advanced contingency plans will be put in place in future also on the occasions of natural calamities and emergency situations. He said the national highway, which has been partially cleared will be fully thrown open for vehicular movement at the earliest. He said the efforts of Beacon authorities and the engineers of mechanical and R&B department are also appreciable for their quick and timely action to bring the public delivery system back on rails. “But there should be no complacency and we should remain alert to meet any eventuality during the ongoing winter season,” Mr. Kichloo added.
Later, in the evening Kichloo after conducting a visit of the Srinagar city to have first hand information about the latest status of public delivery system, offered prayers at the revered shrine of Peer-i-Dastageer Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani(RAH) at Khanyar and also paid obeisance besides praying for peace, prosperity and development of the state. The Mutawalis(management) of the shrine performed Dastarbandi.
Kichloo also took stock of the ongoing reconstruction work of the gutted shrine and interacted with the devotees about the plans of the Muslim Wakf Board for making the new Shrine complex a blended model of traditional and modern Islamic architecture.