BANDIPORA: District Development Commissioner, Bandipora Shahid Iqbal Choudhary monitored the snow clearance operations since Friday evening in the district and toured various areas of the district to take stock of snow clearance, restoration of electricity and availability of essential commodities across the district.
About 80 percent of the roads were cleared in Sumbal and Bandipora till 6 pm in the district while electricity was also restored to the majority of the district till late evening, a statement issued by the district admin said. Choudhary said about 400 kilometers of roads were cleared in Sumbal and Bandipora in a single day till 6 pm.
He said all the 42 Feeders and 12 receiving stations of Sumbal and Bandipora were charged till 6 pm and the electricity was restored to these areas.
He said 29 Water Supply Schemes were affected due to snow out of which 27 were restored during the day while work is going on to restore other schemes and will be completed till late night.
Choudhary said there is sufficient amount of stock of ration and LPG cylinders available in the district. He said there are 34048 Quintals of rice including 10565 quintals dumped for snow bound areas sufficient for distribution till May 2019. He said there are about 1100 LPG cylinders available while 3600 cylinders were distributed and there is continuous supply of LPG in the district.
Since Friday evening the Deputy Commissioner was camped at Mini-Secretariat Control Room in Bandipora and personally monitoring the snow clearance operations.
On Friday evening the Deputy Commissioner sent his own official vehicle to rescue a patient and was shifted to Srinagar for treatment. The patient is admitted in SKIMS Bemina and said to be in stable condition.
He said all the men and machinery have been put on high alert in the district and the snow clearance operations were started during the Friday night only to ensure all major and link roads are cleared on war footing basis to make them through for the general public across the district.
He lauded the efforts of the field staff in clearing the roads quickly beside restoring water supply and electricity.
Choudhary said in Snowbound Gurez area Sub-Divisional Magistrate is monitoring the snow clearance operations and major roads in Dawar and adjoining areas were cleared on priority so that people don’t suffer.