LG Offers State Chopper for Emergency Service

Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha reviews winter preparedness of various departments

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday directed the Union Territory officials to use the choppers of Raj Bhawan for medical emergencies to help the people in distress.

Chairing a joint meeting of various departments at the Civil Secretariat here to review winter preparedness, LG directed the officers for strengthening of a robust response mechanism for power restoration, essential supplies, water and road connectivity during winters, an official spokesperson said Tuesday.

The LG, as per the official spokesperson also directed the officials present in the meeting to use Raj Bhawan choppers for medical emergencies in addition to the Heli Services extended by the Central Government in the cut off areas such as Tangdhar, Gurez, Keran and Macchil.

“Take early measures for ensuring uninterrupted drinking water and power supply, besides, put in place a strong mechanism for ensuring smooth movement of traffic for continuous road connectivity ahead of the winter season with special focus on far-flung and snowbound areas. Apart from available helicopter service to cut off areas, the administration should use choppers at Raj Bhawan to help those in distress,” Sinha, as per the official spokesperson said.

He said that the LG also directed to ensure availability of public utilities like wood, ration, medicines and other basic amenities. For the road connectivity, the LG, he said directed for acquiring all the necessary machinery required for snow clearance from all the main and internal roads.

“In order to clear the inner lanes of villages off snow, where machines cannot be deployed, the administration can hire the trained manpower, and must clear the snow for smooth movement,” the LG said.

Stressing upon synergy between the departments, Sinha, the official spokesperson said directed the officers to monitor and keep a close watch on the functioning of their respective departments pertaining to winter preparedness for better coordination to avoid inconvenience to the public.

“While reviewing the winter preparedness of the Power Department, the LG enquired about the availability and surplus of power transformers for the coming winter season. He directed the Power Department for establishment of a task force to ensure power supply and gave strict directions for the availability of surplus transformers to cater to the need during the winter season,” the official spokesperson said.

He said that the LG directed the Jal Shakti Department to take all the measures required to ensure that there is no scarcity of drinking water.

“He also stressed upon enough stock of fuel, cooking gas before harsh winter slams the region,” the official spokesperson said.

“The LG also asked the top government officials to put in place every available facility including emergency services such as power back-up for hospitals, water pumping stations, important government offices and state of the art ambulance services at all hospitals, especially in the higher reaches area,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the officials in the meeting said snow control rooms will be established in every district headquarters by 15th October for smooth operation of snow clearance mechanically and manually.

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