Snowfall Aftermath:Month On,Tanghdar Grapples With Lack Of Electricity,Road Connectivity  


SRINAGAR —Tanghdar area of Kupwara district is reeling under darkness for nearly a month due to failure of authorities to repair power supply lines and poles damaged due to heavy snowfall last month even as road connectivity to the area also remains affected.

21 electric poles and portion of 33 KV line from Zarla to Sadna Top were damaged due to heavy snowfall in the second week of February, local residents told a news agency.

They said the PDD authorities took no action despite being apprised of the problems people of the area were facing due to lack of electricity.

Mohammad Ashraf Awan, Assistant Engineer PDD Tanghdar Division, said that the department will restore electricity to the area as soon as the Chowkibal-Tanghdar road is thrown open for traffic.

The road is also closed for the last two months now due to snowfall, triggering a shortage of essential commodities, medicines and baby food.

“The continuous road blockade has cut off Tangdar and Karnah from the rest of the state. We are facing tremendous difficulties due to acute shortage of medicines, baby foods and essential supplies. The trucks carrying essential supplies are stuck which has resulted in wastage and losses”

The concerned agency Beacon has so far failed to restore the road for vehicular traffic despite their tall claims of having newly clearance machines, they said. The local residents said they had brought the issue into the notice of Army Commander of 104 brigade who, according to locals, expressed his inability “as it is an administrative matter.”

The local residents demand of installing electric towers so as to prevent the poles from frequent damage during snowfall.

Commissioner PDD said he has passed instructions to the Chief Engineer to take up the matter with PWD to have road cleared and ensure that poles are erected and power supply restored couple of days.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan told the news agency that due to avalanche warning, the road clearance operation has been affected.

“Only five days back, supplies of essentials was sent to the area and if there is any scarcity of any item, supplies would be airlifted,” he said, adding, “if weather permits, the road would also be cleared tomorrow.”  

Commissioner Secretary PDD, Hardesh Singh said he has passed instructions to the Chief Engineer to take up the matter with PWD to have road cleared and ensure that poles are erected and power supply restored couple of days.
Slain cop’s body reaches Karnah

The body of slain policemen Naseer Ahmad Kohli who was killed in an encounter with militants in Babagund area of Langate in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district finally reached after four days to his ancestral village Gundi Gujrain in Karnah.

Thousands of mourners from different parts of Karnah, including men and women thronged to Gundi Gujrain, the native village of slain cop.

Amid sobs and tears, the 38-years-old police constable Naseer Ahmad Kohli was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard.

Kohli is survived by elderly parents, two children and wife. His elder brother Shabir Ahmad Kohli suddenly died a month ago. He left behind four children and a wife.

Observer News Service

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