Srinagar: Ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday hailed the role played by civil and police administration in dealing with flood-like situation in Jammu and Kashmir and assured people that the coalition government will initiate both short and long-term measures to deal with the problem.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also sought cooperation from people in dealing with such situation in future by desisting from encroachment of river basins and embankments.
“Government will initiate both short and long-term measures to deal with the situation arising due to water-logging and floods during the raining seasons," Mufti, also an MP, said in a statement in Srinagar. The government will respond with appropriate action as and when needed so that people get the relief, she added.
PDP president also said that PDP-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) coalition government would continue to extend every possible support to the administration in reaching out to people and “addressing the problems confronting the State so that there was visible change in the ground situation within minimum possible time."
She said the state administration functionaries 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," Mehbooba said.
The PDP president said barring tragic incidents at Laden in Budgam and Dekundal in Doda, the administration by and large handled the situation deftly in the aftermath of incessant rains across Jammu and Kashmir.
Sixteen people died in house collapse due to landslide in Budgam district, while seven persons were killed in another house collapse incident in Doda district during the past week. Mehbooba said not only the administrative functionaries 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 police 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, adding the role of the army and paramilitary forces was equally commendable in dealing with the situation.
“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. Expressing dismay over continued closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Mehbooba said while Border Roads Organisation 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. The PDP president also demanded upgrade 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.