Azad visits flood-hit areas
DODA: Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister of J and K, Ghulam Nabi Azad continues to reach out to the different parts of the State which have been affected by recent ceaseless rains, causing landslides and flash floods.
After visiting the Mahu Mangit area in Banihal Constituency Thursday morning, Azad flew to Chhatrro and Kuchhal in Inderwal Constituency.
Soon after landing at these locations, Azad inspected the areas which have been affected by landslides and flash floods. He also interacted with the people at the said locations and subsequently flew to Changa, Kilhotran in Gundoh to finally land at Bhaderwah-the Assembly Constituency which he represented as Chief Minister.
“The calamitous rainfall that lashed our State in the first week of September has left the people in a state of shock, and there are signs of pillage and ruin everywhere”, said Azad.
Azad said he is pained to see the huge tracts of lands getting washed off, infrastructure like roads, buildings, bridges, power distribution network, tourist amenities, etc getting rampaged by the excessive rains and flash floods, adding that the damage is unprecedented and it will take many years to rebuild and restore the devastated infrastructure.
Referring to the announcement of Special Central Package, Azad said that it is the practice of Central Government to announce such special packages for reconstruction and rehabilitation whenever a calamity of colossal magnitude strikes any part of the country.
Calling upon the administrative machinery to ensure proper registration of the damages occurred, Azad also advised the people to approach the respective authorities well in time to get their damages assessed. He also sought immediate identification of land at safer locations for those whose lands have been washed out in the flash floods and landslides.
Azad was accompanied by Mohammad Sharief Niaz Dy CLP Leader and MLA, G.M Saroori former Minister and MLA, Vikar Rasool Wani MoS Technical Education, Power and Information, Naresh Gupta, MLC, Aslam Goni, Senior Congress leader and other local leaders.