LG Seeks Action Plan On Winter Preparedness

Srinagar: Ahead of the winter season, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Thursday directed the officials of various departments to pre-emptively plan for exigencies arising out of weather vagaries.

“Preemptively plan for exigencies arising out of weather vagaries. Ensure that a robust mechanism is in place to minimize disruptions of essential services to general public,” Sinha said, while chairing a high-level meeting on winter preparedness of different departments at the Civil Secretariat here on Thursday.

According to an official spokesperson, the LG took stock of department-wise initiatives and works to be undertaken by the UT administration for winter preparedness. The LG, he said, directed the concerned officers to make necessary arrangements well in advance and asked for Department-wise action plans by Tuesday.

“The Lt Governor asked the Heads of Departments to pass necessary directions to the concerned officials to work in a synchronized manner to achieve the best possible results,” the official spokesperson said.

During the meeting, he said, the LG has set specific timelines for replacement of transformers in urban, rural, and far-flung/remote areas of the UT as 12 hours, 24 hours, and 48 hours respectively.

While enquiring about the buffer stock of transformers to be maintained by the Power Development Department, he said, the LG directed them for rationalization of transformers across all the districts especially the districts which receive heavy snowfall.

“The Lt Governor also enquired about the status of target given in previous meeting for reducing the AT&T losses by 10% and gave new targets,” he added.

While reviewing the preparedness of PWD department, the LG, as per the official spokesperson laid emphasis on ensuring uninterrupted road connectivity and proper traffic management. Sinha, he said, also directed the concerned officers for deployment of snow clearing machinery and equipment for snow clearance on National Highways, and all the main and internal roads.

“The Principal Secretary PWD apprised the Lt Governor about the directions passed to the field staff for ensuring smooth road connectivity throughout winters,” the official spokesperson said.

“Taking stock of the preparedness of Health sector, the Lt Governor was apprised that district-wise control rooms will be set up while ensuring stocks of medical supplies,” he added.

The official spokesperson further said that the LG directed to ensure availability of medicines and deployment of doctors in all snowbound areas of the UT.

He said that the department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs was directed to maintain sufficient stock of the essential items including ration at its depots. The Lt Governor also directed to monitor the supplies of Petrol, Diesel, and LPG.

“Similarly, the PHE Department and SMC were directed to prepare men and machinery for tackling inclement weather conditions,” the official spokesperson said.

He further said that the Divisional Commissioners of both Jammu and Kashmir were asked to prepare a meticulous plan of the far-flung and snowbound remote areas of their respective divisions with respect to winter preparations.

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