NAGROTA, AUG 27: National Conference Provincial President and MLA Devender Singh Rana on Monday visited flood affected areas in Nagrota Assembly Constituency and took stock of the damages caused to infrastructure, especially roads and various other utility services.
Accompanied by the officers and engineers, Rana sought urgent restoration measures and also stressed upon the need for putting in place utility services like regular drinking-water and power-supply. He said these were the priority services, which are needed to be restored on war-footing so that the smooth mobility is ensured and people are provided regulated water and power supply. Rana also sought first-hand information from residents with regard to damages caused to residential houses, live-stock and the crops and called for carrying out a preliminary survey so that some financial assistance is provided to the sufferers as interim relief ahead of the extent of damages assessed for compensation. He reiterated the need for having exigency plans in place to meet exigencies and carrying out restoration measures based on past experience. The MLA also called for pumping out the inundated water from residential areas and carrying out safety audit of the government installations, especially the schools. He visited Middle School Seetni and took stock of damages caused to the building. Rana provided s 10 lakh for Simblelehar – Sanarka road, s 5 lakh for Simblelehar – Nallah road besides s 5 lakh for various restoration works in Jagti Panchayat. He also provided 4 transformers for restoration of electricity at Kameni Nallah ward no 7, Tanda Moh Khurshid, Baba Baloo Dev Sathan, Jagti and Chechi Mata Temple, Jagti costing s 21 lakh. The MLA Nagrota took up- various issues telephonically with the DDC Jammu hoping that the problems confronted to people would be redressed earnestly. He sought priority action in view of the ongoing monsoon and apprehension of rains in coming days. While interacting with people, Devender Singh Rana assured that all their issues will be taken up at appropriate level for immediate action. He said he will be personally coordinating and monitoring the restoration measures. Hoping that the concerned Government Departments and agencies will work in synergy to meet the exigencies, Rana said that ultimate aim should be to provide respite to the population that has suffered due to incessant rains and flash floods.