Pulwama, 23 July: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pulwama, Dr Basharat Qayoom, today paid a thorough tour to several Shia-populated regions of the district to assess the preparations being made for a successful Muharram observance.
The DC went to Markazi Imam Bargah Gangoo, Dangerpora, Wakherwan, and Hathkoul and had comprehensive interactions with the local Shia population to get first-hand input on the preparations for Muharram-ul-Haram.
Locals raised many concerns and problems on the occasion, including medical services, repairs to procession routes, cleanliness of streets and drains, uninterrupted energy, electrical poles, and appropriate drinking water.
The DC carefully listened to people’s needs and provided on-the-spot directives to the relevant departments to meet them within the time frame specified. He told the residents that their legitimate requests, especially those relating to Muharram, would be met as soon as possible, so that mourners would not experience any difficulties.
On this occasion, the Chief Medical Officer and Health Department personnel were ordered to have first aid facilities, medical teams, and ambulances ready in the regions, as well as to follow the processions to guarantee rapid first aid/medical care. She was also instructed to have a paediatrician on hand to assist ill youngsters.