Srinagar: Director of the Meteorological Centre Srinagar, Sonam Lotus, on Sunday refuted media reports of forecast of heavy snowfall in Srinagar city, saying he never issued such a weather advisory for the state’s summer capital. Earlier this week, the Met department had issued a weather warning for moderate to heavy snowfall in Kashmir, including in Srinagar.
“I never said Srinagar city will receive heavy snowfall from December 11 to 15,” Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Reader. “I issued the weather warning for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the coming days, higher reaches will receive heavy snowfall, while the plains will receive moderate to light snowfall and rain.”
Sonam Lotus said there is no need to sensationalise the issue, suggesting that the weather warning had been exaggerated in media reports. “There is no need to panic. Our weather system is monitoring the western disturbances and we are keeping a vigilant eye on the situation. We expect moderate rain or snowfall in Srinagar city. It should not be worrisome.”
In view of the forecast of heavy snow and rain, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday directed the divisional administration of Kashmir to be in a state of preparedness and responsiveness to any crisis.
The chief minister also directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and urban local bodies to ensure that interior roads and lanes in the city and major towns of the valley were cleared of snow on priority, and water-logging as a result of snow or rains was drained out quickly.
Mehbooba also directed the management of SKIMS and SMHS hospitals to have sufficient stocks of medicine available and also at all the district, secondary and tertiary-care hospitals.