Inquiry committee to ascertain reasons for widespread power shutdown
SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Sunday said that the administration has been working round the clock and has restored all essential services across the valley which had been disrupted due to the unprecedented snowfall across the Kashmir division on Saturday.
While addressing a press briefing, he said that due to the recent and unprecedented snowfall across the Kashmir division, Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary PDD and he personally monitored essential services on an hourly basis from Saturday evening and hourly reports were sent to the Governor and Chief Secretary.
He informed that due to the snowfall, green trees had fallen on power HT lines at various places of every district which had caused power breakdown across the valley. Now, electricity supply has been restored across valley except some areas of South Kashmir districts where four towers have fallen down at Lessar, Wanpoh, Shopian and Kulgam. He said that Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has already deployed their men and machinery on the spot for the restoration work so that electricity supply will be restored as soon as possible. Electricity had been restored in all hospitals and health centres across the Valley and heating system has been started there well before the due date, he said.
He further informed that road connectivity is through to all districts including tourist spots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam except upper reaches and far-flung areas which will be cleared by BEACON within next two days. National Highway is clear upto the Banihal Tunnel. In Kulgam, 51 water supply schemes have been damaged and the same will be restored by Monday, he said.
Khan said that the government has already stocked cent percent quota of ration, LPG, Kerosine, medicine and other commodities in Leh, Kargil and other far-flung areas.
He further said that all Deputy Commissioners were directed to assess the damages of Horticulture and other allied sectors for earliest compensation to the affected farmers.
The Divisional Commissioner further informed the media that SMC had deployed an adequate number of de-watering pumps in the waterlogged areas across the city so that the inhabitants do not face any kind of problem.
He informed that government had made a committee in which Deputy Commissioner Srinagar is the head besides Additional Commissioner Kashmir and Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar are its members. The Committee will ascertain the reasons for widespread disruption of electricity supply across the valley and shall submit its report within a week’s time for the further course of necessary action.