Srinagar: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) cleared snow off the roads on all important stretches running through the city and connecting important destinations, with special focus on the roads leading to hospitals, religious places and the government offices, a statement issued by the Corporation said.
After the SMC staff called off their strike, accumulated garbage too have been removed from most stretches on the city, the statement said.
A team of SMC officials headed by Commissioner SMC Peerzada Hafizullah Shah toured various areas in the city. In the old city, the drive was inspected and further directions passed in several localities, including Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Hawal, Soura and Hazratbal.
The Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the “swift removal of snow” from the main stretches in a drive that started around 3 a.m. He said most of the city lanes have been cleared by the SMC staff and many machines are on the job to ensure no resident faces any inconvenience due to snow accumulation.
“In case there is any bylane with snow accumulation, locals can get in touch with our helpline for redress,” said Commissioner Hafizullah.
He said the SMC had set priority areas after the heavy snowfall on Friday. He said the immediate priority was to ensure all roads leading to hospitals and religious places, including shrines and gurdwaras, are cleared for movement of people and traffic. The important Lal Chowk-Airport Road was also attended to early in the morning.
SMC has utilised the services of 3000 sanitation workers for clearance of snow from lanes, bylanes, pavements, hospitals, ration ghats, electric water supply stations, religious places, government departments and other vital places on priority.
Besides snow clearance manually, SMC has also utilised 25 tippers, loaders, 4 JCB’s, 2 skid steers (Roberts) and 122 auto load carriers for clearance of snow mechanically.
The Commissioner also took stock of dewatering stations and got the submerged areas of Nowgam dewatered.
Meanwhile, Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu also toured the city and held an interaction with traders in Lal Chowk. He passed orders to address the public issues arising out of the recent snowfall in the city.
He also passed orders to address waterlogging issues in the city. Mayor also visited the shrine of Syed Shab shrine in Sonawar and held interations with the locals of the area.