Chief Minister reviews power, drinking water scenario in Kashmir

Chief Minister reviews power, drinking water scenario in Kashmir

Directs regulated supply of electricity, availability of transformers, water tankers

SRINAGAR: Taking a serious note of the hardships people face because of disruptions in power and drinking water supply, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday directed the civil administration to ensure a regulated supply to consumers.
She asked the PDD authorities to strictly adhere to the curtailment schedule and make sure that it is widely circulated. She also directed the sharing of the schedule with respective Deputy Commissioners and Police.
The Chief Minister also directed the PDD authorities to set up round the clock control rooms where consumers can approach with complaints and grievances. She directed linking of these control rooms with Police Helpline (Dial 100) for a valley-wide reach and better responsiveness. She directed constitution of a similar mechanism in PHE Department.
The directions came in a meeting called on Sunday to review the situation emerging out of continued dry spell leading to depletion of water levels in streams, canals and reserviours across the valley.
The Chief Minister said that power supply should be ensured during critical hours like Fajr prayers, besides morning and evening hours. She sought the Public Health Engineering department presses tanker service into action in areas where shortage of drinking water is reported and explore possibilities of digging hand pumps and wells to identify new sources.
The Chief Minister was informed that consequent upon her directions, a buffer of 200 transformers has been created across Kashmir to replace the damaged ones at the earliest. This is in addition to the 200 transformers which are already in circulation in the distribution system.
Around 1000 Water Supply Schemes across the valley have been affected due to continued dry spell and efforts are on to stabilize and preserve the water resources. the chief minister was informed that 160 hand pumps are being dug across the valley for which 15 rigs have been pressed into service.
Additionally, 66 wells have been proposed to augment water availability in the valley, the meeting was informed. Mehbooba Mufti directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation to pace up anti-encroachment drive and clear footpaths in the city for the convenience of pedestrians. She asked for popularising the use of car parking facilities at Lal Chowk for addressing the traffic congestion in the area.


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