JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday morning took stock of the situation arising due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir valley and winter zone of Jammu division.
The Governor issued instructions to the PDD and PWD for immediate restoration of electricity supply and road connectivity in the affected areas. “The Advisors and the Chief Secretary have been asked to get regular updates on restoration of essential services from the concerned so that the people don’t face any inconvenience,” an official spokesman said.
Regarding restoration of electricity supply, the Governor was informed that massive damage was caused to the transmission lines and transformers due to snowfall and uprooting of trees and the restoration work was in full swing. The Commissioner Secretary PDD informed the Governor that by Sunday evening, electricity will be restored in 90% of the affected areas while in other areas the restoration work is on.
Regarding restoration of road connectivity, the Governor was informed by the Commissioner Secretary PWD that all the inter-district roads had been restored and the Srinagar-Jammu highway will be cleared by Sunday afternoon.
In view of the ongoing Board Examinations, the Governor asked the Education Department to make adequate heating arrangements at examination centres.
Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to the Governor, chaired a high-level meeting held in Srinagar on Sunday to review the status of restoration work undertaken by various departments in Kashmir valley.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan was asked to monitor the restoration of essential services, especially power supply, and initiate disciplinary action against officials showing laxity in performing their duties.
The Divisional Commissioner said in the meeting that he has asked all Deputy Commissioners in the Valley to intimate him on an hourly basis about the progress of restoration work in their respective districts.
Regarding road clearance, the meeting was informed that all roads, especially district roads, were open for traffic barring roads connecting Gurez, Machil, Tanghdar, Keran and Leh, which have witnessed heavy snowfall. More than 100 snow clearance machines have been put in service by the mechanical wing of R&B department and special care is being taken on keeping open Srinagar-Gulmarg road, on which sophisticated machines have been deployed for this purpose, the meeting was told.
The officers of BRO informed that their people are trying hard to open all the roads falling within their jurisdiction and assured that Srinagar-Leh road will be reopened within two days, provided there is no fresh snowfall in the area. They said that all efforts are being made to keep open Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the life line of the Valley.
While briefing the Advisor about the restoration of power supply in the Valley, the officers of Power Development Department (PDD) said that all men and machinery have been mobilised for removing the fallen trees. They said major transmission lines are working as normal and assured that by evening most of the lines will be cleared for power supply in the Valley.
Officers of health department informed that all hospitals were working normally and orders have been issued to start heating system in hospitals from Sunday itself, a date that otherwise commenced from Nov 15 every year.
Besides Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed, senior officers from PDD, R&B, Mechanical Department, SMC, Food and Civil Supplies, Health, Police, BRO were present in the meeting.