New Delhi, Sept.16 (ANI): Union Health Minister Harshvardhan congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth wing for taking a lead in sending relief materials to the flood-stricken people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“I want to congratulate BJP’s youth wing and their workers that they have made efforts to send several trucks loaded with relief materials for the flood affected Jammu and Kashmir. In their first attempt they have provided many things like 1500 hundred blankets,..and more than14 tons of rice,.. and household items like shoes, sleepers etc..,” he said here.
The minister also stated the people of this country were wholeheartedly behind the people of Jammu and Kashmir to see that the state returns back to normalcy, after being ravaged by floods.
“I have just had visited Jammua and Kashmir and assured that the entire nation, the Government of India and the BJP stands behind them. I am sure that the state will come out of this difficult situation and will stand back on its feet and return to normalcy,” he added.
He also gave an account of the assistance in terms of doctors and medicines made available to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Already a lot of doctors are present there. Today around a team of 40 doctors will reach either by night or tomorrow morning….we will not allow any shortage of doctors or medicine, we have sent more than 50 lakhs of chlorine tablets, ..we are sending oxygen cylinders, along with machines to clean and purify water,” he further added.
Over 237,000 persons have been rescued so far by the armed forces and the NDRF from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir in the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged state.
Three naval marine commando teams are actively involved in the rescue operations in Watlab, Widipura and Tankpura.
To restore road connectivity, five task forces of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) which include 5700 personnel, have been deployed in Srinagar, Rajouri and Akhnoor.
They have successfully restored the road connectivity from Batote – Bijbiara, Batote – Anantnag, Batote – Kishtwar and Kishtwar – Sinthan Pass.
The connectivity from Srinagar to Sonamarg has been opened for all traffic, while, between Srinagar and Baramulla the road has been opened for light vehicles.
Jammu to Poonch road has been cleared for traffic. On the Jammu – Srinagar highway, BRO personnel have cleared the road up to 172 kilometers. The traffic along Srinagar – Gulmarg – Gumri has been restored.
Srinagar to Baramulla train route has also been cleared. (ANI)