3 Houseboats Gutted In Dal Lake Blaze

Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR – At least three houseboats and a residen­tial hutment were gut­ted in the world famous Dal Lake on Monday in a deadly blaze leaving more than three families homeless. The tentative loss figure figured out by the House Boat Own­ers Association (HBOA) is more than rupees one crore.

The fire broke out at Konakhan area of famous Dal Lake, in the afternoon when the families living in a hutment, and two houseboats had gone out for some work.

“Within no time, two houseboats and a resi­dential hutment was razed to ground due to deadly fire,” General Sec­retary House Boat Own­ers Association (HBOA), Abdur Rashid Kaloo told.

He said that fire tenders reached the spot very late as a result fire damaged two houseboats and a residential hut. The dam­aged property belonged to Bashir Ahmed Gosani son of Muhammad Rajab Gosani and Mehrajudin Karnai son of Ghulam Rasool Karnai. “The ten­tative loss figure is more than Rs one crore. Even though police and a local patwari visited the spot and an FIR was lodged, we urge the government and the local administra­tion Srinagar to provide an exgratia relief to the affected families,” Kaloo said.

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