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Er Rasheed blames NHPC for drowning of teenage girl in north Kashmir

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Corporation ‘not interested in taking preventive measures’

Uri: After an 18 year old girl drowned near the outlet of a dam in north Kashmir’s Salamabad area, AIP President, Er Rasheed Saturday accused the NHPC, the executing agency of the dam of failing to fulfill its legal and moral duties.
Addressing a condolence meeting on the occasion, Rasheed asked the NHPC not to play with the lives of people around water storage sites.
He also sought enquiry into the drowning of the 18-year old Rubeena Bano of Dachi, who lost her life after drowning near the outlet of Salamabad Dam.
An AIP statement quoted locals saying that the “arrogance of NHPC is touching all time high and they have no respect for rights and lives of people living around dam sites and other strategic places”.
Rasheed asked the NHPC to “mend its behaviour” and said that besides Rubeena, around a dozen human lives had been lost so far “just for the reason that NHPC is not interested even in taking preventive measures to stop mishaps”.
“It is unfortunate that the authorities have stopped using sirens to aware masses when gates of dams are open to allow bulk quantities of surplus water to flow into Jhelum and Rubeena’s death occurred only for the reason that no siren was used till she was trapped by the flashy surplus waters,” Rasheed alleged.
He said that the NHPC had “broken all its promises, agreements and assurances made with the people of Uri from time to time over different issues”.
Rasheed asked NHPC to come out with the “facts about its contributions made in Uri on account of corporate social responsibility”.
He also visited the Chief General Manager NHPC at Gengal and apprised him of the concerns of local inhabitants and sought immediate compensation for the family of Rubeena.
Later, an AIP delegation including Mir Khurshed, Haji Muneer, Tanveer Chalkoo, Imran Budoo, Mohammad Maqbool Sofi, Javid Ahmad Mir and Abdul Qudoos visited the house of Rubeena Bano at Dachi to offer the condolence to her family.
Rasheed also attended a function organised by ‘Kabali Productions’ to honour youth for their excellence performance in various fields at Zabarwan Park Srinagar.
On the occasion, Rasheed resented an award to Nahida Manzoor, the first young lady from J&K for conquering Mount Everest and said that Kashmiris don’t lack the talent and the youth being honoured on the occasion had performed brilliantly despite odds.
He said that Kashmiri youth had always proved their worth and talent and expressed hope that they will continue to perform in every field of life against all odds.

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