15 lakh fruit trees damaged by snowfall in Anantnag

15 lakh fruit trees damaged by snowfall in Anantnag
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  • 6000 hectares under fresh plantation damaged
  • Advisor Ganai takes stock of post-snowfall situation

ANANTNAG: A tentative report prepared by district administration about damage to horticulture sector by recent snowfall shows that 6000 hectares out of 20000 hectares under fresh plantation has been damaged in Anantnag district.
As many as 15 lac trees have been damaged due to the snowfall, according to the report. The information was given by District Development Commissioner (DDC), Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik to Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ganai who reviewed the post snowfall situation in the district on Thursday.
The DDC also informed that 21 Kacha residential houses and 71 Pacca houses were damaged partially.
Ganai reviewed the restoration of water, power supply, clearance of roads and supply of essentials commodities in Anantnag district at a high-level meeting at Dak Bungalow Khannabal, Anantnag.
The DDC informed that 80 percent power supply has been restored in 25 receiving stations out of 32 receiving stations while as repairs on 132 KV Lisser line was under progress. Cent percent power supply will be restored by Friday, he informed.
The Advisor directed Horticulture Director and Chief Horticulture Officer to deploy scientists and experts to assess the losses including future fruit-bearing capacity and age factors of partially damaged trees. He also stressed on technical support by the experts for binding of damaged trees for their recovery. He also directed SE PDD to ensure restoration of electricity in the district by Friday. He stressed upon all departments to be prepared and keep men and machinery ready to tackle any situation arising due to inclement weather conditions and ensure prompt restoration.
DDC Malik said that there was no shortage of essential commodities in the district.
The meeting was informed that at present 61349 quintals of rice and 11060 quintals of wheat are available at FCI Depot Mir Bazaar while as out of the allocation of 46107 quintals of rice, 20800 quintals have been lifted as on date out of which 11980 quintals of rice have been distributed.
Similarly, 3076 quintals of sugar have been distributed out of the 3137 quintals of the allotted sugar quota. 25300 LPG cylinders have lifted out of which 17720 cylinders stand distributed.
The DDC informed that all the roads of the district have been cleared by various engineering agencies including the National Highway from Pujteng to Jawahar Tunnel. Cent per cent road connectivity has been restored in the district. All the health institutions are functioning normally and patients are being attended by the doctors/paramedics, ambulance service is functioning normally and heating system has been made functional in the hospitals.
The DDC also informed that under PHE sector out of 99 water supply schemes in Bijbehara PHE Division, 97 has been made functional. Two WSS were affected during the snowfall in Kokernag and Kandiwara and to meet the needs of the people in the areas, water tankers are being used. In Qazigund PHE Division, out of 17 WSS, 13 have been made functional and for areas impacted by non-functional 04 water supply schemes, tankers are being used.
Various deputations met the advisor. He directed Director HMPCC for completion of 300 kanal Jablipora fruit mandi, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 33 Crores.