Altaf Bukhari grieved over Maharja Bazar, Gonikhan fire incidents

  • State, Published on: Saturday 12th November 16 - 10:24pm

Asks Admn to ensure adequate compensation for victims

Srinagar: Former Minister for Public Works and MLA Amirakadal, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari has expressed deep shock and grief over a devastating fire incident at Maharaja Bazar that affected at least 12 families on Friday evening.
Bukhari who is outside the country talked to the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar on phone urging him to ensure distribution of adequate ex-gratia compensation to the victims of this tragedy besides providing them all necessary relief and rehabilitation items at an earliest.
In a statement issued to Global Kashmir, he also called for an immediate assessment of losses suffered by the fire victims and an immediate disbursement of an interim compensation among the affected families.
The former minister also asked the municipal authorities to facilitate immediate issuance of permissions for reconstruction of the residential houses so that the fire hit families of Mahraja Bazar are able to cope up the prevailing winter vagaries.
On the directions of the former minister, a delegation from his private office also visited the fire victims ensuring them all possible help in their rehabilitation.
Expressing solidarity with the affected families, Bukhari has extended all possible help to the victims of this unfortunate mishap.
The former minister also extended his solidarity with the victims of fire incident in which one shop was fully damaged and four others suffering partial damages at Khan Complex in Gonikhan market the other day.
He appealed the people to take all preventive measures in order to avoid and ward off such menacing tragedies in future. “What is even more distressing is the fact that God forbid such accidents can happen again mostly because we hardly maintain mandatory fire safety norms or take any preventive measures,” he said.
Bukhari observed that many localities especially in Amirakadal constituency are not only congested but due to narrow lanes and by-lanes the fire department at times faces immense difficulties in controlling such catastrophic mishaps. “I appeal people to take all precautions in order to save precious lives and properties from such menacing tragedies in future,” Bukhari conveyed to the fire victims through his delegation.