Chief Minister tells administration to gear up

Chief Minister tells administration to gear up
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Directs immediate dewatering, relief assistance, care of stranded passengers

JAMMU: In view of the heavy downpour in plains and snowfall in higher reaches of the State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has directed the divisional administration to be in a state of preparedness and reach out to people to minimise the level of disruption caused to people due to bad weather.
The Chief Minister has directed PDD, I&FC, PHE and other departments to gear up in view of the inclement weather and deploy their men and machinery on the ground to meet the situation arising out of heavy rainfall, an official spokesman said here.
The Chief Minister has directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Urban Local Bodies to ensure that dewatering process is initiated quickly in all the low lying and water logged areas and roads of Srinagar city and other towns. She also directed the PDD authorities to ensure immediate repair and replacement of infrastructure damaged due to strong winds in many parts of the Valley.
Expressing concern over the losses caused to orchards and other property in Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian district and parts of Chenab Valley due to hail and strong winds, Mehbooba Mufti directed the divisional administrations of both provinces to provide all relief and assistance at the earliest to people in need of it.
The Chief Minister also directed the divisional commissioners to supervise early reopening of major highways connecting Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions and take care of the stranded passengers till then. She directed the deputy commissioners of hilly districts to keep watch on the civilian movement in areas for which avalanche warnings have been issued by the Met Department.
Earlier, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir took stock of the situation due to continued rainfall here Friday. He asked officers to ensure minimum disruption of services.
He asked Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan to monitor the situation and take necessary measures wherever required.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Kumar was asked to ensure that help and assistance should be provided to passengers, stranded due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and efforts should be made to reopen the Highway at the earliest.
As per Meteorological Department, the weather is likely to improve from Saturday.
Meanwhile, low danger avalanche warning of Level 2 has been issued by SASE for Baramulla, Kupwara, Kargil, Bandipora and low danger avalanche warning of Level 1 for Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal and Leh.