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Altaf Bukhari grieved over Maharaja Bazar fire incident

Urges administration for adequate compensation to fire victims


KNS

Srinagar, May 07 (KNS): Former Finance Minister, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari has expressed deep shock and grief over a devastating fire incident in which over 10 shops were gutted during a midnight blaze on Monday night at Maharaja Bazar Srinagar.

Bukhari has urged the district administration Srinagar to ensure distribution of an interim compensation to the victims of this tragedy before a final assessment of their damages is conducted by the revenue officials.

He also called for an immediate assessment of losses suffered by the fire victims. The former also urged the municipal authorities to facilitate immediate issuance of permissions for reconstruction of the shops so that the fire hit families are able to resume their day-to-day business.

Bukhari appealed people to take all preventive measures in order to avoid and ward off such disastrous 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 observed.

Bukhari said 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,” the former minister appealed.

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, the delegation assured all possible help to the victims of this unfortunate tragedy. (KNS)