DCs Review Snow Clearance Preparations 

SRINAGAR — The district administration officials of Shopian and Budgam Saturday reviewed the snow clearance preparedness.

Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, Owais Ahmad, visited Mughal Road and took stock of the road conditions, snow clearance and availability of food and shelter for the stranded passengers and vehicles.

In the wake of an early snowfall this year, DDC took an emergency visit to the road connecting Shopian in South Kashmir with district Poonch of Jammu division. Due to the snowfall, the traffic movement was stopped and many vehicles were stuck for a brief period.

Immediately after getting the information about Mughal Road being closed, Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Owais Ahmad, made a visit to inspect the conditions of this road and the traffic was made through. During his visit, the people requested the district administration to augment the existing structures for the travellers who get stranded on this route especially at a time when Mughal Road has more rush of traffic due to the closure of the National highway. On hearing these problems the Deputy Commissioner Shopian asked the Mughal road authority and wildlife department to open their guest houses for general public while new shelter sheds are being developed on this road. He also directed the concerned authorities to ensure supply of essentials at various spots on this route. He appealed people to avoid journey on Mughal Road in late hours and also contact the control room established by his office at Mini Secretariat, Shopian, prior to journey.

People appreciated the quick response of administration. During this visit DC Shopian was accompanied by ADDC Shopian, ACR, Executive Engineer Mughal Road Shopian and officials of the Mughal road department Shopian.

Meanwhile a meeting under the chairmanship of Additional District Development Commissioner Budgam Khurshid Ahmad Sanaie was convened here today to review the preparedness to be made for pre and post-snowfall across the district Budgam.

Speaking about preparedness put in place, the ADDC said that control rooms at District and sub-district level will be established for the winter months which will work round the clock where officers from all concerned departments will sit to provide information to the local population about snow clearance, in addition, they will also monitor the availability of essentials and other requirements particularly in the far-flung areas.

Regarding the snow clearance arrangements, the ADDC said that 11 fully equipped snow clearance machines from the mechanical and R&B department will be kept ready to do snow clearances in all areas instantly and promptly where required. 

Regarding dumping of stocks/essentials in the remote areas of the district, the ADDC said FCS&CA department has been directed to start the process of dumping of stocks including rice, flour, K-oil and sugar in the identified sail centres so that no scarcity of any essential item shall occur during this period.  Similarly, PDD has been directed to ensure all requisite repair on LT and HT lines are carried out pro-actively in the required areas. He said in order to tackle any emergency, the department has kept available a buffer stock of 34 transformers at the District headquarter.

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