New Delhi: As heavy snowfall in Kashmir snapped highway and air hyperlinks, the Union Territory administration has come beneath extreme criticism for its failure to clear snow from roads, which has introduced life to a standstill within the valley. Many areas within the hinterlands stay reduce off even three days after it stopped snowing.
File snowfall over the previous week prevented ambulances from reaching sufferers, forcing locals to hold the useless and ailing on their shoulders for a lot of miles. Whereas the Military and the Air Power got here to their help, locals mentioned the administration has remained lacking.
Left to fend for themselves, the locals have began shovelling snow on their very own.
“The younger and the previous needed to come out and clear the snow. We did manually; there was no help from the federal government,” an area informed NDTV in Shopian, the place a bunch of individuals carried a useless physique for not less than 10 miles because the highway hyperlink to their village remained closed.
The issue is widespread.
In Srinagar’s Aloochi Bagh neighbourhood, Parminder Singh is clearing snow to take his father for dialysis, which has already been delayed.
“Nobody from the municipality has come right here. My father is on dialysis. For final eight days, we couldn’t exit for his dialysis and that is motive I needed to clear the snow myself,” Parminder Singh mentioned.
Officers mentioned they’ve already cleared greater than 80 per cent lanes and by-lanes in Srinagar and the delay in response was attributable to lack of snow clearing machines.
Nevertheless, heavy and lengthy spells of snowfall are a winter common within the area.
The administration’s lack of preparedness was highlighted when it ordered gasoline rationing, together with that of home cooking gasoline cylinders, simply three days after it began snowing across the New 12 months’s Day.
In the meantime, contemporary site visitors was allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar Freeway because the 260-km highway was reopened on Sunday after every week. The freeway – the one all-weather highway connecting Kashmir with the remainder of the nation – was cleared on Friday however solely stranded passengers have been allowed to go.
Flight operations have been briefly affected on Sunday, when some elements of the valley, together with Srinagar, acquired gentle snowfall.
(With enter from PTI)