Assessing the damage in the flood-hit areas of the Jammu division for the second consecutive day, Mustafa Kamaal, additional general secretary, National Conference, on Monday visited far-flung and remote areas of Samba, Udhampur and Jammu districts.
At Samba, he was apprised of the damage caused by eight rain-fed nullahs on 14km stretch between Samba and Sumb and also addressed roadside gatherings at Tolote, Palai and Chenoor.
People complained that there was no electricity for the past 20 days at several places, receiving station at Tolote was complete but sans all important 5MVA transformer since the past 12 years, and disruption in drinking water supply, which was entirely dependent on tubewell supply, has suffered due to damage to distribution network and there is no electricity supply.
They demanded completion of Samba to Vibeti road near Dyalachak on NH-1A. 4km out of 26km road is to be constructed. They also demanded two-laning of this road and construction of bridges/causeways across eight rain-fed nullahs on priority. The construction work of a bridge on Basantar nullah costing Rs 4.75 crore be expedited, they said.
Kamaal was apprised of the defunct dug-well at Taloor serving two villages of Markoli and Taloor and people demanded alternate arrangement by the PHE department.
They also demanded plugging of the right embankment of Basantar upstream of the under-construction check dam, which was breached, resulting in damage to land and crops at Amli, Kupdian and Kolwa villages.
At Mansar, Kamaal and state vice-president of National Conference, Rattan Lal Gupta addressed a workers' meeting and said the National Conference must become a bridge between the people and government to act as a catalyst to ensure speedy aid to people.