Srinagar: Much to the embarrassment of administration, the tourists who had visited Kashmir on New Year eve were seen clearing the roads after heavy snowfall in Dalgate locality of Srinagar.
A number of tourists as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) were seen clearing the roads by shovels and other equipment in Koni Khan locality of Dalgate.
The tourists said the failure of administration in clearing the snow has compelled them to come out and clear the roads on their own. “Our vehicles were stuck in heavy snowfall and nobody bothered to take care of tourists present here and thus left us to lurch at large,” one of the tourists said.
Manju Agarwal, a domestic tourist said that her family especially children are facing immense hardships as they are finding it tough to come out to have meals outside amid the accumulation of snow on the roads.
“We have been in Kashmir for the last eight days. In the starting four days, we enjoyed a lot but after that we faced a lot of hardships as nobody bothered to even clear the snow from our roads here from the hotel. Besides, we are not getting even water supply as well,” she said accompanied by her family members.
“The administration besides failing to clear snowfall, has not come up with any guidelines for the tourists and also didn’t check the tickets being sold in black amid closure of the road,” she said.
She said they approached the tourist police as well, but they also failed to pay any heed to their sufferings.
Moreover, the tourists hailed the hoteliers and houseboat owners for opening their respective hotels and houseboats for the stranded tourists and said that people here are quite helpful, but the administration has left them disappointed—(KNO)