CM chairs meet to oversee, review Ramadhan arrangements

As the Holy month of Ramadhan is set to start across the world, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today reviewed the arrangements put in place by the administration for the holy month across the State in a high level meeting.

The Chief Minister took a detailed review regarding status and availability of power, drinking water, essential supplies, sanitation and other arrangements made by the concerned Departments for the coming month.

Mehbooba Mufti categorically directed that uninterrupted supply of drinking water, power, essential commodities like sugar, meat, milk etc. be made available to consumers without any difficulty. She directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Urban Local Bodies to ensure that cleaning of roads to places of congregational prayers is done on round the clock basis. She also directed the two Departments for management of dog menace on the streets during nights so that people are not inconvenienced during Fajr andTarawih prayers.

The Chief Minister directed deployment of adequate manpower to manage and regulate traffic during peak hours in city, major towns of the State and on National Highway. She specifically directed traffic regulation at Wanpoh, Bijbehara, Awantipora, Pampore, Parimpora, Pattan, Baramulla and  other major junctions by deploying more nafri during the holy month.

Mehbooba Mufti also directed making available transport facility for devotees to places of congregational prayers like Dargah Hazratbal, Jama Masjid, Srinagar, Jama Masjid, Jammu, Hazrat Peer Dastageer Sahib, Srinagar and other places across the State. She also directed setting up of health facilities near the places of congregational prayers in view of the hot summer season.

Mehbooba Mufti directed activation of prominent places like Kashmir Haat, Zero Bridge, Sangarmal complex and similar places at district headquarters for having collective iftaars and celebrating the essence of Ramadhan.

The Chief Minister directed the PDD authorities to install High Mast lights at prominent places in the capital cities, particularly downtown Srinagar and Jama Masjid, Khanqah i Mou’la etc. where people generally pass through for offering congregational prayers. She directed strict regulation of power supply during peak hours of Sehri and Iftaars and making adequate number of transformers available for replacement so that people don’t face any difficulty in getting power supply. 

The Chief Minister asked the Cultural Academy to hold competitions of Qira’t, Na’at and qawwali during the month so that the spirit of Ramadhan is enlivened.

Briefing the meeting on the arrangements, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir informed that adequate arrangements have been made for coming month of Ramadhan. He said arrangements of sanitation, street lights, essential supplies and transport have been made and also Control Rooms have   been set up at district headquarters where people can call in case of any difficulty.

Minister for R&B, Naeem Akhtar; Ministers of State, Syed Farooq Andrabi and Asiea Naqash; Vice Chairman, Wakf Board, Peer Muhammad Hussain; Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; administrative secretaries of several Departments; DGP, Dr. S. P. Vaid; Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture & languages, Dr. Aziz Hajini; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Inspectors General of Police and heads of several field Departments were present in the meeting.

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