Senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra Thursday called for immediate relocating of the flood-affected people putting up in makeshift tents.
Karra said during his extensive tour of various areas of Srinagar, which were ravaged by the devastating floods, people putting up in make-shift tents complained that due to freaky weather and unhygienic conditions, it has become difficult for them to live in these tents. He said the government must shift all these people, living in inhospitable conditions, to safer places.
Expressing dismay over the state government’s “criminal response” to both pre and post-flood situation, Karra said having failed to save the summer capital from devastation, the government has now left the victims of the devastating floods to fend for themselves. “It is heartening to see how the Kashmiri youth, who risked their lives to rescue the people during the floods, are now proving to be the saviors of the flood-affected people by organizing and managing relief camps in the city and other affected areas,” he said.
Calling for immediate dewatering of the inundated areas, Karra said it is ironical that almost 19 days after the floods ravaged Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir, several areas in the city including Rajbagh, Kursu, Padshahi Bagh, Lal Chowk, Sumandar Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Bemina, Barthana, Qamarwari, Mehjoor Nagar and other localities continue to be deluged.
Karra also sought streamlining of the relief-distribution mechanism so that the genuine people get the much-needed relief at the earliest.
He also sought immediate restoration of telephone and internet communication facilities in Kashmir which continue to be in a rundown condition since the floods hit the Valley earlier this month.