Winter woes continue to haunt people; govt invisible on ground

MAJID NABI. Dated: 1/18/2020 5:01:16 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 17: People in Srinagar are facing serious problems as water logging and power woes have returned to haunt them amid intense cold following fresh snowfall which claimed many lives and damaged property worth cores of rupees in Kashmir valley recently.
Residents of this city face tough times as the administration seems to be in deep slumber instead of making its men and machinery active for clearing roads and interiors from snow. The recent snowfall which continued for three days since Monday has inundated roads in Srinagar with administration other than tall claims making no effort to give respite to masses.
Power outages are making headlines once again as people reel under severe cold deprived of basic facilities.
“Yi chu sarkar napaydar (this government is inefficient), says Razzak, a 65-year old man, sitting at the shore of Dal Lake. “For me power is a joke, so is your government”.
Muzaffar, a shikarawala said the inner areas of Dal Lake reel under darkness as power supply which was snapped on Monday morning has not been restored yet.
He said no official of the PDD has yet visited the affected areas even as the weather improved in Kashmir on Thursday.
“This is the situation Kashmiriis always face in winters. We use kerosene lamp in this jet-age as the government has done nothing to improve power system in Kashmir. This is a dark era,” said the young shikarawala while mocking at the government.
After fresh snowfall that wrecked havoc in Kashmir in terms of life and property, snow from most of the roads in Srinagar has not been removed yet resulting water logging.
Locals said that the interiors of Srinagar city are yet to see snow clearance machines which make people to suffer immensely.
“Snow has even not been removed from main roads as of now not to talk of interiors. What administration is doing is beyond my imagination. They get an excuse to snap power supply whenever snow falls in Kashmir. What more we expect from this government which shouts loud slogans of development,” said Shakeel a resident of old city.



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