BUDGAM, Mar 31: As more landsliding took place in Charari Sharief town near Talabi Kalan damaging walls of many houses, Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Hanjura visited the central town of District Budgam here and assured traders and locals that all possible measures are being taken to meet any eventuality that might arise due to landslides and extended them his full support.
Accompanied by officials of many departments including agriculture, horticulture, PDD, PHE, housing, Tehsildar, SHO and Deputy Commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf, Lone walked by foot several yards and took stock of the situation on ground. He also met various landslide victims in Kakawring, HapatNaad, Zaloosa, Satellite colony, Nowhar, Gulshan Abad, Talabi Kalan and Trajbal.
Atleast 66 families in Charari Sharief have been shifted to safer locations by district administration in view of landslide threat, while around a dozen of houses are on the threshold to collapse across the Constituency due to incessant rains that lashed the valley.
Shifted to Government middle school Gulshan Abad, nearly a dozen landslide victims demanded plot of land in Satellite colony from the minister which he replied will be talked with the district administration soon. “Though we have been shifted here but what after few days when schools will reopen…we will not budge an inch from here until provided an alternative location to live,” said landslide victims in Government middle school Gulshan Abad to the minister.
Presently these families are staying in Government Model Degree College, Old Waqf School, Government Middle School Gulshan Abad and other schools.
A total of 36 families from ChountNad village, 3 families from Hafat Naad village, 2 from Kakawring village, 13 from Tilsara village and 12 from Main Town have been shifted to safer places, Incharge Tehsildar Mohd Shaban said while giving details of the evacuation.
The Minister assured that those affected by landslides would be compensated. He donated dozens of blankets on the spot and also instructed officials to take every step to help people.
He also visited Noorani Public School, Trajbal which has developed cracks in the rear side and assured full support to them. Some people apprised the Minister about their grievances and demands from different mohallahs.
The water supply and the power supply to the town are disconnected causing much inconvenience to the locals as well as shifted families.
Talking to Rising Kashmir at Sub District hospital Charari Sharief, Lone said the government is taking all necessary steps to mitigate problems of people. “We have given them immediately 50 kgs free ration per family.”
Lone accepted that the local sub district hospital is understaffed both in doctors as well as paramedics. “I’m still not satisfied and I talked to BMO to give me list of doctors and paramedical staff and machinery required here,” said Lone.
“We are monitoring the situation and all necessary steps have been taken to meet any eventuality,” he said, adding, a team of experts under the supervision of DC Budgam will take an assessment on the ground.