Srinagar- A fire at the famous Nigeen Lake here in the early hours of Monday destroyed seven houseboats, officials said.
The fire broke out on one of the houseboats anchored at the rear side of Nigeen Club on the lake and quickly spread to adjacent houseboats, resulting in destruction of seven of the floating hotels.
Fire tenders were rushed to the spot to put out the blaze, the officials said, adding there was no loss of life in the incident.
The cause of fire, which destroyed property worth crores of rupees, was not immediately known.
Farooq Abdullah Asks Admin To reach Out To Affected
National Conference President and Member of Parliament (MP) from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday expressed profound anguish over a massive night blaze in which seven houseboats were gutted in the Nigeen Lake.
While expressing sympathies with the affected, Dr Farooq prayed for fortitude at this difficult time. He prayed for the speedy revival of all the affected.
He asked the divisional administration to reach out to the affected with relief and compensation. “House boat owners are already reeling under economic slump. There is no way these people can carry the reconstruction on their own. It is therefore imperative for the government to step in with a helping hand in terms of subsidised wood, compensation, waving of pending electricity and water bills, and free ration for at least 6 months,” he added.
Meanwhile GS Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq have also expressed sympathies with the affected house boat owners and prayed for their speedy revival.
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