Jammu and Kashmir National Conference party president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday sought immediate clearance of snow from various arterials in the remote areas of North Kashmir, saying the disruption of road connectivity in those areas has put the local people in duress.
While expressing concern over the difficulties faced by people of remote Hamlets of North Kashmir party President said, “The major arterials connecting Dawar, Kanzalwun, Keran, Karna, Gurez and Jumgund to their district headquarters haven’t been cleared of snow yet. People living in those areas are going through immense difficulties. The dearth of necessary items, including medicines and ration, is also severely felt in all those areas. The students, the 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 health centers in these areas are bereft of required paramedical staff and medicines. The situation is no different in the snowbound region of Chenab region where the access to all upper hamlets is yet to be restored.”
Taking exception to the lackadaisical approach of the administration towards extenuating the problems of people following recent snowfall in upper reaches said, “No satisfactory measures are being undertaken to clear snow from roads connecting far-flung areas with their respective district headquarters. Nothing is being done to repair damaged transformers. Prices of household commodities are skyrocketing. There are no flying squads on grounds to check price rise in the rural areas. The situation has become more precarious in the wake of the present COVID-19 threat. Normal life is out spin with no semblance of good governance on the ground in the far-flung areas of J&K.”
Party president said the resumption of connectivity is the main issue that has to be tackled on a priority basis.