Sonia in Jammu and Kashmir to survey avalanche-hit areas

February 21st, 2008 - 1:08 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Sonia Gandhi

Srinagar, Feb 21 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Shivraj Patil will survey Jammu and Kashmir’s avalanche hit areas during their one-day visit to the state Thursday. Gandhi and Patil will reach Udhampur Air Force base and will be received by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz, who has recently been appointed chief of the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress.

They will visit the avalanche-hit Bhaderwah area, the assembly constituency of the chief minister and will conduct an aerial survey of Karpan, Verinag and Dooru areas of Anantnag district.

The state witnessed the heaviest snowfall in decades during the first week of this month.

Some areas in Kishtwar district, for instance, received up to 15 ft of snow, and regular water and power supply is yet to be restored there.

Gandhi is also expected to meet senior Congress leaders in the state to take stock of party functioning.

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