After failing to reach Civil Secretariat building which is still submerged the top government officials have formally started operating from Hari Niwas Guest House on Friday situated at the Zabarwan hills.
Sources told Kashmir Life authorities had a day before decided to function from the old secretariat premises. “Today it was felt that the Old Secretariat has not enough space to accommodate huge number of secretariat employees so all the secretaries and commissioner secretaries have started functioning from Hari Niwas,” government sources said.
The deluge had completely paralysed the state administration for so many days with the police control room, office of the fire and emergency service, office of the IG Kashmir and the J&K High Court in the city being flooded.
Government has already decided that no holidays shall be observed on Saturdays in the Barbar Move offices. The decision in this effect was taken during a cabinet meeting last Monday.
Lal Chowk, the business centre of Srinagar, is still under several feet of water, making it difficult for authorities and local voluntary organisations to reach out with relief material in the affected areas.
Hundreds are still missing in the floods, the worst in the state in over many decades.