Srinagar: Deputy Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Parvez Quadri on Tuesday said that the institution was fully prepared to deal the post snowfall situation across Srinagar district but due to Mayor’s “mismanagement” the SMC could not take required measures.
Quadri who was speaking to KNS said that the recent snow spell across valley was massive which led to disconnect of roads across. He said Srinagar Municipal Corporation was fully geared up to deal with the situation but it was SMC Mayor’s “mismanagement” who stopped us to take required measures.
“When snowfall happened SMC was on toes. We were ready to deal with any eventuality but what could we do when mismanagement of SMC Mayor disrupts the entire mechanism”, Quadri told KNS.
To a query, he said SMC did not run away from duties. “You know the city centre was abuzz with traffic jams. People were stranded in vehicles for hours which means SMC had cleared snow from lanes and bylanes due to which vehicles reached Lal Chowk and adjoining area”, he said.
About snow clearance work in Srinagar, the Dy Mayor said that in few places our corporators hired JCBs from their pocket money to provide relief to people. “SMC has few JCBs who cannot cater the entire Srinagar areas. We have 74 municipal wards in Srinagar, so we hired extra JCBs in order to clear roads from the snow”, he said.
When asked about State Election Commissioner’s action against 10 corporators, the Dy Mayor Qaudri said “Yesterday SEC listened first hearing of those 10 corporators who voted against party decision during Mayor elections”, he said.
“These corporators belongs to Congress party who had sought intervention of SEC into the matter and requested him to disqualify all ten corporators”, he added.
Quadri said the case is pending before SEC who right now heard it only once. The next hearing of the case is on February 11.
He further said that we request SEC to take strong cognizance of horse trading in SMC and put efforts to curb this illegal method. (KNS)