Flood fury: Who to blame?

April 8, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 173 Views
Flood fury: Who to blame?

There has been a considerable amount of pressure on PDP-BJP government over dealing with the flood like situation in Kashmir. However it seems government hasn’t learnt from the mistakes committed by the successive regimes or precisely National Conference-Congress Government in the past. Now that the situation has worsened again in Kashmir as far as the floods fury is concerned, the netizens and civil society members are blaming the government for it’s lacadiscal approach for starting the dredging process in River Jehlum and it’s tributaries. Where has the money gone which was to be utalized for the dredging process of the river which has now adopted a shape of ferocious dog which can anytime soon swell and engluf the major parts of the valley in it’s fury. The Mehbooba Mufti led government too went silent on this process, shifting focus on some trevial issues. In Kashmir even the Prime Minister Narradera Modi speaks a different language as far as the development goes. For him tourism is more vital than the human lives. He asked people to chose between tourism or “terrorism”. What is ironical that neither the Prime Minister nor the concerned Union Ministry hold the State government responsible for the lapses in the dredging process into the river Jehlum. The social networking sites are flooded with the flood updates while as the admin continues to sent the weather details. But why this delay. Why to wait for the disasters o occur and why not to hold all the departments accountable and get the work done on priority.one more major floods mean, Kashmir will be pushed back to stone age and this State will crumble as on it’s economic scale. The adminstration and the Government must act very quick to address th natural disasters like this. This isn’t not the time to start a blame game for Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, but she should and must bring in synergy between various departments and make them work with pure dedication, honesty and commitment. These posers are particularly relevant as the region has been buffeted in successive years by serious floods in rivers that have their headwaters in the Himalayan mountain ranges. During recent floods, the extent of the deluge could be gauged from the fact that some 2,500 villages were partially or completely submerged. A horrifying reminder of 2014 floods, where thousands of people were stranded on rooftops and waiting to be rescued must wake up our adminstration which most of the times remain in deep slumber of busy issuing press notes that review meetings has been held over waterlogging, flood situation and other issues. The adminstration has to act beyond paper work this time. And Chief Minister herself should monitor the process. This is to be recalled, only time when dredging process in river Jehlum was seriously carry forwarded was in short stint of Governor’s rule in which Governor NN Vohra personally monitored the situation and the scientific process. Let there be no politics on disasters and natural calamities.

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