KCCI expresses concern over ‘administrative breakdown’ in Kashmir after snowfall

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Saturday expressed concern over what it termed as the administrative breakdown in Kashmir valley “immediately” after the shifting of the government to the winter capital.

“Unscheduled power cuts, choked roads, exorbitant air fares and callous highway management have not only impacted commercial operations but have put the general public to terrible inconvenience,” said the KCCI in a statement.

People are being held hostage in their vehicles for hours altogether due to poor traffic management and lack of proper infrastructure, it said.

“Despite several requests, the available manpower for traffic management is not being augmented even in the capital city not to talk about other district headquarters and towns like Anantnag, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Shopian etc.”

The statement said that the PDD is not adhering to the declared power schedule. “… and this is causing a lot of hardships to the population.”

 “The efforts to file online returns are thwarted by the absence of power and Internet facilities. The business community cannot be penalized for the failure to provide the environment to facilitate filing of returns etc.”“Immediate administrative decisions are required to mitigate the sufferings of the population as such pitiable conditions could, without fear, be termed as a violation of basic human rights of the population. A few inches of snow seems to have exposed the problem areas and should be taken as a wake-up call for the harsh winter ahead.”