Guv, Dr Farooq, Omar express grief

Srinagar, Jan 18: Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over loss of precious lives due to snow avalanche at Khardung La in Leh district, Friday morning.
In his message Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families in their hour of grief.
Governor has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh for the Next of the Kin of those killed in the Avalanche.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Friday expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in an avalanche that took place at Khardungla pass in Ladakh.
The party spokesman in a statement said that the duo has urged the administration to expedite the rescue operation and ensure all support to the families of the deceased.
Meanwhile, both Party President and Vice President urged the governor administration to gear up its men and machinery to meet any eventuality in wake of heavy snowfall as predicted by the local MET officials.
Impressing upon the administration to ensure that people don’t have to suffer due to the vagaries of weather, the duo urged the administration to ensure all arterial and other routes are kept open to avoid any suffering to people.
Meanwhile, Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar urged the administration to clear snow from roads on a priority basis. He urged the divisional commissioner to activate their field staff to meet any eventualities and exigencies arising after a snowfall.
Sagar impressed upon the administration to ensure all basic and effective amenities to people living in remote areas including Keran, Tangdhar, Tulail, Kargil, Machil and Gurez.
He urged upon the administration to provide a quick and efficient operational response to the vagaries of weather, said party spokesman in a statement.