Situation Under Control: Div Com

SRINAGAR —  Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Wednesday said that on the strict directions of Governor Satya Pal Malik, Advisors, BVR Subrahmanyam, the Divisional Administration of the valley worked round the clock to review the situation daily and now the situation is totally under control and stabilized regarding the essential commodities and other important services which were temporarily disturbed due to the recent snowfall and blockade of National Highway.

He said that power supply was heavily impacted due to the snowfall as supply was reduced to just 600 MW. He said that 500 transformers were damaged but the department worked round the clock and restored the power supply to 1250 MW within shortest possible time. He said that 50-60 transformers are repaired daily.

 The Divisional Commissioner made these remarks while briefing the media persons here.

 He further informed that today 3000 trucks, 504 oil tankers, 3400 Light Motor Vehicles (LMV) reached valley and there is no dearth of essential commodities in the valley and tomorrow more stranded vehicles will reach the valley. He said that the divisional administration has also abolished the earlier order directing petrol pumps to go for rationing of fuel.

 He said that with more trucks coming tomorrow, there is no question of scarcity of any essential commodity. He said that people don’t need to worry with regards to essential commodities.

 The Div Com said that further 1000 stranded passengers were brought from Jammu via special flights to ease the rush. Similarly for the first time GATE students were airlifted free of cost to Jammu.

 The Div Com said that the administration had made a comprehensive plan to tackle the situation. He said that the amount of snowfall was unprecedented and has happened after many years but the prompt action of administration helped to minimise its effects. He said that 9-10 ft snowfall was received at higher reaches, but that didn’t deter the working of administration.

 He said that 24X7 control rooms at divisional, district and police department, gave round the clock information to public and people were made aware of entire situation.

 Regarding roads, the Div Com said all district connecting roads and other essential roads were cleared of snow within 19 hours, which is a record of sorts.

 He said that in markets, special squads have been activated to control the rate of essential items and take action against traders indulging in profiteering or hoarding.

 The Div Com said that the power supply and heating system of hospitals worked round the clock and it was ensured that there is no disruption and unease to patients and attendants.

 Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Kumar today said that more than 75 percent of roads in Jammu Division have been cleared and rest will be restored within two to three days which were blocked due to heavy snowfall and incessant rains.

Guv directs DCs to address hardships faced by people

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday directed divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners to address the hardships faced by the people due to heavy rain and snowfall in the state.

The governor has asked the deputy commissioners to personally review and ensure prompt and efficient delivery of various public services to the people, an official spokesperson said.

They have been directed to submit Action Taken Reports (ATRs) by Wednesday evening regarding the availability of dry ration, LPG, petrol and diesel, medicines and other essential commodities in the markets, and also regarding the electricity and drinking water supply, he said.

The governor has issued strict orders that immediate legal action be taken against those indulging in unethical practices like black-marketing or hoarding of essential commodities, the spokesperson added.

Deputy commissioners have been asked to inspect hospitals in their jurisdiction and take stock of the services, hygiene and the availability of medicines, doctors and paramedical staff.

The governor has also sought regular reports regarding clearance of snow and road blockages to ensure smooth flow of traffic.


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