SRINAGAR: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti reviewed the situation in arising out of the heavy snowfall of past 24 hours at a meeting of officers here and directed them to clear all major roads without break.
She specifically directed to keep the roads leading to hospitals and health centres open so that patients don’t suffer during these days.
Mehbooba Mufti sought complete synergy between various agencies on the ground dealing with snow clearance and other restoration works. She expressed her displeasure over the reports of massive traffic jams and skidding of vehicles in the city during the day even when the snow had not accumulated so much. She also directed early resumption of power supply besides ensuring uninterrupted drinking water and ration supply.
The CM was informed that Mechanical Engineering Department and R&B Department have deployed 129 snow clearance machines across the Kashmir Valley out of which 20 have been deployed in Srinagar city itself.
The meeting decided to keep the snow clearance machines stationed at their places of operation till the respective road stretches are thrown open.
The meeting was also informed that adequate ration is stored in Kashmir Valley by the concerned Department and Food Corporation of India and fuel stocks have been dumped for about 21-28 days.
The meeting was informed that due to the present snowfall around 25-30% dried up water supply sources have recharged. The meeting was also told that all the water supply schemes are operating as usual and the bleaching chemicals are also adequately stocked. It was also informed that the PHE Department has kept 104 water tankers ready besides the usual water supplies.
The meeting was also informed that 18 dewatering stations and 60 mobile pumping units are being pressed into service by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation for the dewatering purposes in various low lying areas besides deployment of 40 teams for manual snow clearance from various internal lanes.
The Chief Minister also took an appraisal about the status of snow clearance and passenger movement on the National Highway from the Project Beacon authorities.
Later, the Chief Minister undertook a surprise visit of many city areas to personally monitor the snow clearance on interior roads, water drainage works and other restoration efforts by the administration in view of the snowfall in the city and other areas of Kashmir valley.