Snowfall:  DC directs all departments for prompt action to ensure uninterrupted services

Srinagar

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, on Saturday issued instructions to all concerned departments with regard to the preparedness about snow-clearance and dewatering in the district.

The spokesman said that departments were asked to ensure meeting any eventuality arising out of the prevalent weather situation in the district being directed to keep adequate men and machinery on standby. He instructed to ensure timely clearance of snow from all main roads, lanes and by-lanes, especially roads leading to important installations like hospitals and receiving stations.

Jammu Srinagar highway blocked due to fresh Snowfall at Jawahar tunnel, KL image by Shah Hilal

The DC also directed all the departments to establish control rooms for the convenience of general public.

The PDD was asked to ensure all power-related repairs are undertaken as soon as possible. He directed for close coordination between all the departments all during the current weather situation prevails.

It was said that Assistant Commissioner Revenue Srinagar Peerzada Zahoor (Mobile No. 7006690719/ 9419123429), Sub Divisional Magistrate (East) Srinagar Riyaz Ahmad Beigh (9419026036) and Sub Divisional Magistrate (West) Hameeda Akhter (9682666597/ 9018668253) will function as nodal officers to monitor the situation within their areas of jurisdiction.

Snow cutter removing the snow from the mughal road. KL Image by Sheikh Hilal

The general public have been asked to contact the following numbers in case of any eventualities: DC Office Srinagar  0194-2483229/0194-2477033/0194-2472580/9419042342/ 7051112345, R&B Department  0194-2311364/9419012257, Fire & Emergency Services  0194-2479488/101/9419251908, Police Control Room 100, Mechanical Engineering Department  0194-2497458/9419747240, PDD  0194-2452001/9419019634, UEED  0194-2500444/9419176458, SMC 0194-2474499/9419065735, CAPD 0194-2455019, PHE  0194-2452047/7889587011, Health 0194-2452498/9906540795 and Drainage 9419004480.

In south Kashmir’s Shopian district, the general public have been asked to contact the following numbers in case of any eventualities: 9419128895, 9596007111 and 9596028060.

Earlier the district administration of Shopian rescued around 60 stranded people at Peer KI Gali and brought back to Shopian.

A view of snow-covered famous tourist resort Gulmarg after the first snowfall on Friday, November 2, 2018, KL image by Bilal Bahadur

In Islamabad district, a control rooms has been setup for the general public and in case of any eventuality and supply of power and water. People can contact on the telephone numbers:- Control Room in Deputy Commissioner Office, 9419021597,   7006188674, 9419047052 and 9419367252.

Around 60 people, mostly truck drivers, who were stranded at Peer ki Gali and had denied to come back to Shopian were motivated and brought back at around 3 AM by a team of officials headed by Dy SP Traffic and AEE Mughal Road

Meanwhile, Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi, said that heavy snowfall in the Valley has resulted in trees with thick foliage coming down heavily on electrical lines damaging most of the 33KV lines.

In a statement, he said intermittent rainfall and now heavy snowfall led to frequent faults in the electrical system affecting supply in most parts of the uptown and civil line areas of Srinagar.

Qazi said two main trunk lines including Centaur and TRC coming from Cheshmashahi have come down after huge trees fell on them, adding that Karan Nagar and BB Shah lines are also under trees at various places but that restoration process is well underway.

He said a full-fledged restoration work has been underway but continuous snowfall has made it very difficult to maintain the lines resulting in decreased power supply to just 80 MWs as against the normal 1150 MWs supplied this morning.

The Chief Engineer said the department is doing all that is possible to restore all lines as soon as possible having pressed into service all its men and machinery.

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