As heavy snowfall in Kashmir snapped street 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 lower off even three days after it stopped snowing.
Document snowfall over the previous week prevented ambulances from reaching sufferers, forcing locals to hold the lifeless and ailing on their shoulders for a lot of miles. Whereas the Military and the Air Pressure 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,” a neighborhood informed NDTV in Shopian, the place a gaggle of individuals carried a lifeless physique for at the very least 10 miles because the street 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 cause 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 resulting from lack of snow clearing machines.
Nonetheless, heavy and lengthy spells of snowfall are a winter common within the area.
The administration’s lack of preparedness was highlighted when it ordered gas rationing, together with that of home cooking gasoline cylinders, simply three days after it began snowing across the New Yr’s Day.
In the meantime, recent site visitors was allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar Freeway because the 260-km street was reopened on Sunday after every week. The freeway – the one all-weather street 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)