The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCC&I) Monday expressed its concern over the situation arising out of the looming flood threat in Kashmir.
In an emergency meeting, “the KCC&I appreciated the proactive steps being taken by the State Government for limitation of the damages”.
“However, the Chamber cautioned the general public that based on our past experience, the most important factor for damage limitation would be the activation of private groups at local levels including youth, students, NGO’s, business fraternity etc. The Chamber requested the general public not to panic and prepare to tackle any situation headon,” a statement issued by the association said Monday afternoon.
It said, “The KCC&I, however, expressed its regret over the slip shod manner in which preventive measures were undertaken post the September Floods by both the State and Central Governments which have resulted in exposing the general public to nature’s fury. The strengthening of the Bunds, repairing/reconstruction of the drainage systems, desilting of the flood channels,rivers and sewerage systems are measures which could have been undertaken and would have been of critical importance in todays situation. The general public is deeply anxious about these issues but A Special Task Forcewas also constituted which took stock of the situation on ground in the main markets and would be coordinating with other Associations and Organizations. The Chamber also urged the Government to designate a single spokesperson for regularly updating the general public about the changing situation.”