Times of Kashmir

| 20 Apr 2019
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People of Uri’s Boniyar say admin didn’t visit their affected areas after snowfall

People of Uri’s Boniyar say admin didn’t visit their affected areas after snowfall

Suhail Khan

Baramulla, Nov 5: (GNS) The residents of upper reaches of Boniyar in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday accused the district administration of failing to dispatch teams to the snow affected areas.

The early spell of snow last week caused large scale damage to apple orchards and walnut trees leaving farmers in despair in several areas of Boniyar which include Pehlipora, Zahainpora, Manzgam, Naganari, Ejara, Yarwan, Hillan, Hakapatri, Shamswari and other areas of Uri sector.

Locals of these areas while talking to GNS said that a large number of apple trees have been damaged due to heavy snowfall on Saturday which has left them shattered. “The administration has added salt to our injuries by not paying a visit here,” they said.

The residents said they approached the district administration Baramulla the same day when snow damaged their apple orchards.

“Even now, as the weather conditions have improved, the administration has not bothered to visit our affected areas. The poor farmers have suffered huge losses,” they said.

Sajad Ahmed, a local resident of Pehlipora told GNS that most people associated with the horticulture sector in these areas have availed bank loans and with this “huge” loss, everyone demands compensation from the government for the loss.

Despite repeated attempts, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla could not be reached for comments.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the Sub District Magistrate Uri Baseer ul Haq told GNS that they have already dispatched teams to the snow affected areas to review the overall situation of the affected families.

“Maybe few areas might be pending but our teams will surely reach those areas,” he added. (GNS)

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