Rains Aftermath: Mehbooba hails effective collective response by civil, police administration, political executive

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Seeks people’s cooperation in working-out permanent solution to flood-like situations; Expresses dismay over continued closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway

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Srinagar: Hailing the responsive and responsible role played by the civil and police administration during recent flood-like situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and Member Parliament, Ms Mehbooba Mufti has said the functionaries of the state administration have the capacity and capability to deliver in difficult situations if they get the required direction and leadership.

“It was after a long time that the administration and the political executive worked in a cooperative and coordinated manner and put in a collective effort to confront the situation arising due to incessant rains in the State and the results were there for everybody to see,” Ms Mehbooba said in a statement issued here today.

She said barring tragic incidents at Ladden, Budgam and Dekundal, Doda where precious human lives were lost in incidents of landslides and house-collapse, the administration by and large handled the situation deftly in the aftermath of incessant rains across Jammu and Kashmir. She said not only the functionaries of the administration but the ministers of the PDP-BJP coalition government were monitoring the situation round-the-clock and reaching out to the people right away as and when needed. “Especially the humane face of the police was visible on ground after a long time as the cops and officers were seen carrying sand bags and arranging shelters and food for the needy, as has been rightly highlighted in the media today,”  she said and added that the role of the Army and paramilitary forces was equally commendable in dealing with the situation.

She said the PDP-BJP Coalition Government would continue to extend every possible support to the administration in reaching out to the people and addressing the problems confronting the State so that there is visible change in the ground situation within minimum possible time. “We would expect the administration to face-up to the challenges confronting the State decisively and the political executive would be there to guide them and lead them from the front,” she said and added that the Government shall have to devise a comprehensive policy to deal with the recurrent water-logging problems in low-lying areas including Srinagar.

“While the Government would initiate both short and long-term measures to deal with the situation arising due to water-logging and floods during raining seasons, the people shall also have to cooperate in this endeavour by desisting from encroachment of river basins and embankments,” Ms Mehbooba said and added that the Government would respond with appropriate action as and when needed so that people get the relief.

Expressing dismay over the continued closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Ms Mehbooba said while the BEACON authorities should expedite work to reopen the highway at the earliest, the Union Ministry for Transport and Highways should expedite work on construction of alternate highway to end Kashmir’s pestering connectivity problem. She also urged the Government to provide rations and other essentials the people trapped on the highway.

Ms Mehbooba also demanded upgradation of other roads connecting Kashmir with Jammu region, including Mughal Road and Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag Road. She said given the miserable condition of the present highway, development of alternate road links to Kashmir has become imperative.