Authorities unable to handle situation after snowfall: Tarigami

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Says power breakdown, road blockade expose tall claims of admin

Srinagar, Jan 08 : Castigating the administration for its ill-preparedness to handle the expected snowfall, CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami Saturday said the tall claims made by the authorities on their alertness have been exposed by the power breakdown, road blockades, sanctity of ration and other difficulties faced by the people.

In a statement issued to the news agency, the CPI (M) leader said that although a heavy snowfall is not something new for the region but tall claims being made prove a prank.

Referring to the massive power breakdown that had plunged the entire valley into total darkness, he said that the administration failed to restore power supplies. “In most of the areas in Valley especially South Kashmir, the restorations claims made by the Power Department are hoax.”

The CPI (M) leader wondered that with a few inches of snow, the entire administration comes to a grinding halt, which is reflective of a dire need for strengthening of disaster preparedness in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The snow is yet to be cleared on many roads and a major road network in rural areas across the Valley is yet to see the traffic plying resulting into tremendous inconvenience for the general public. Though weather warning system is in place but in absence of the required resources mobilization, weather alerts do not serve any purpose,” he remarked.

He urged upon the administration to ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities including LPG, kerosene, sugar and ration. “The medical services, especially emergency services, should be monitored besides the damaged power distribution lines should be immediately repaired to ensure a better power supply in the valley” he demanded