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40 day chilai Kalan: No electricity, no Water in Kashmir

Sajad Bashir

With the onset of the Chilai Kalan a fourty day long of biting cold , the valley of Kashmir is facing the crisis of the basic facilties of life like water, electricity and the basic connectivity of transport. Chilai kalan has brought many problems to every class of people and in every corner of the valley

People allege that if administration had been ready for the crisis then we would not have seen these problems. Unfortunately the power shortage in Kashmir coincides with the arrival of the chilai kalan . In 21st century we are facing the shortage of basic facilities .In evening hours the transport connectivity to the peripheral areas of the Srinagar disappear from the roads and mischievous drivers are demanding the high fare rate in the evening hours

Shakeel Ahmad a local commuter said ‘’ it is very difficult for us to find a cab ,during the late hours of the day ,the buses and other vehicles usually disappear after the 4 pm and we have to go back to the home on foot ‘’

Meanwhile we tried to contact the RTO Srinagar but he was not available to talk on issue

Reports are coming to KNB from different areas of the valley that due to freezing of the water pipelines the people are facing tremendous problems , now they are demanding the alternative for its

‘’As the water pipelines are frozen and the waters supply is halted, the PHE department should send the water tanker to the affected areas as the alternative ‘’ another local from Alusteng area said

Talking to the KNB chief engineer PHE Abdul Wahid said ‘’ we will look into the matter immediately and will direct the staff to look at the genuine grievances of people as soon as possible ,besides the people should take care of their private connections and protect them from freezing ,he added alternative tankers will be send to the areas having the severe water scarcity ‘’

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