Kashmir Snowfall: Government Lists Its Efforts

KL Report

SRINAGAR

In a high level meeting that Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey presided, the officers said they are making all efforts to get Kashmir back to normal.

Divisional Commissioner informed the meeting that due to heavy snowfall about 600 structures were partially damaged in different parts of the valley and the field functionaries are submitting damage assessment report for early relief.

The meeting was informed that 75 dewatering pumps, 45 mobile pumps and 15 Fire and Emergency tenders were put in service to clear water from various inundated areas of the city besides snow was cleared from the compounds of various hospitals on priority to ensure hassle free movement of people for medicare facilities.

The meeting was told that the progress of snow clearance on Jammu Srinagar highway is speeded up besides road upto Jawahar tunnel was made operational within hours despite heavy snow and rest work is apace.

Chief Engineer, BEACON informed the meeting that roads from Baramulla to Chowkibal were also made traffic worthy as 105 snow cutter machines were put in service by Mechanical Engineering department.

With regard to restoration of power, the meeting was told that 60 percent of power supply has been restored today and it is expected that 90 percent restoration will be assured by Thursday and Friday. Emergency services to all the hospitals with regard to power and water supply were restored on priority, the meeting was told.

The meeting was informed that adequate quantities of essential commodities is stocked. Stocks include 264000 quintals of rice, 42000 quintals of wheat, 6270 quintals of sugar and 580 KLs of K-Oil besides sufficient stocks of petrol, diesel and LPG cylinders are available in the valley.

Chief Secretary was informed that all the associated hospitals of GMC Srinagar including G B Panth hospital are functioning smoothly and adequate medicines are available in all the hospitals of the valley. As many as 1450 OPD patients were provided medicare facilities and 300 patients were admitted for further medicare treatment in these hospitals besides 105 surgeries and 1800 lab tests were conducted during these days.

The meeting was told that train service is restored and stranded passengers were ferried to and fro Budgam and Banihal. Similarly the Srinagar International airport was made operational and many flights landed and took off.

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