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SRINAGAR:   Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today said that the essential services disrupted at some places due to the heavy snowfall across the Kashmir division were restored within hours as the administration worked round the clock. The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir was speaking at meeting convened to review  the restoration of electricity and water supply, snow clearance on roads, Health Services, supply of essentials commodities, like rice, atta, sugar, K. Oil and LPG and other arrangements put in place in the Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil districts at a high-level meeting.

All District Development Commissioners (DDCs) informed that all essential services were restored and there is no shortage of essential commodities in their respective districts. The DDCs further informed that all the highways and roads of the districts have been cleared by the engineering wings. The roads to Pahalgam and Gulmarg tourist resorts are also open for traffic. Two rescue teams have been already deployed at Waltengo-Naar in case of an eventuality. Alone in Srinagar city, 25 snow clearance machines on the job, the officials informed.

All the health institutions are functioning normally with proper heating arrangements and patients are being attended by the doctors and paramedics besides hassle free ambulance services in their respective districts. District and departmental control rooms are working 24x7 and their contact numbers have been publicised in media for prompt redressal of public grievances. Regarding National Highway which is clear upto Qazigund and beyond that, adequate Men and Machinery were deployed to clear snow so that valley will be connected to the rest of the country as soon as possible.

The Divisional Commissioner directed BRO Engineers to speed up the pace of snow clearance work and press additional men and machinery on the job so that National Highway as well as far flung areas of the valley will be connected as an earliest. For mitigation of public problems, all DDCs were directed to use SDRF amount liberally and also send hourly report of post snowfall scenario in their respective districts to the Divisional Commissioner.

The Divisional Commissioner directed all newly elected counsellors, Sarpanchs and Panchs to visit in their respective wards and villages and redress grievances of the public on priority basis.  To address inundation problem in low lying areas of the Srinagar city, Div Com directed SMC to deploy adequate number of de-watering pumps along with fire and emergency machines immediately besides Drainage department will clear chocked drains immediately so that water logging shall not take place during present frost conditions. They have also been directed to hire tractors for snow clearance in lanes and pathways.

SRTC were directed to start bus services on hospital and airport routes immediately so that patients and passengers do not face inconvenience besides RTO Kashmir ensure proper transportation on all routes across the valley immediately.  The Divisional Commissioner stressed upon all concerned departments to be prepared and keep their men and machinery in ready mode to tackle any situation arising due to inclement weather conditions and ensure prompt restoration. They have also been directed to depute one officer at Police Control room for prompt action against any eventuality.

The Divisional Commissioner issued directions to all all newly elected Counsellors, Sarpanchs and Panchs to visit in their respective wards and villages and redress grievances of the public on priority basis. Chief Engineers of PDD, PHE, R&B, Director Health Services, SSP Traffic, Director FCS&CA, RTO Kashmir, Director Urban Local Bodies, Commissioner SMC, GM JKSRTC, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS and other concerned officers were present in this meeting.

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  • All important services up and running: DC  

SRINAGAR: Prompt action by the district administration following heavy overnight snowfall here has resulted in quick restoration of services in the affected areas of the Srinagar district. Deputy Commissioner Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah closely monitoring the response mechanism put in place in the district to ensure that the affected services are restored at the earliest.

The administration has cleared snow and water-logging accumulated overnight from all major roads and lanes and restored power and water supplies to in all affected areas of the city. Special reinforcements have been deployed on roads leading to hospitals, main markets and receiving stations of different departments. Pertinently, the DC had yesterday chaired an emergency meeting of senior officers of all line departments and later took a firsthand appraisal of efforts on the ground during a late-evening inspection of the city.

The departments were asked to be proactive and ensure that there were no interruptions in essential services due to the inclement weather situation in the district. Dr Shah has directed for continued efforts and close coordination between all the line departments till the inclement weather prevails. He said the administration is well-prepared to deal with challenges of prevailing weather situation in the district. He said the general public can report their problems and concerns at helpline numbers 7051112345 and 9419042342.

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SRINAGAR: Heavy snowfall brings respite from the intense cold wave but disrupted normal life in Kashmir Valley. According to the Met officials, "Snowfall started yesterday afternoon across the Valley. Srinagar recorded 25.2 cm of snow and minimum temperature recorded in the city was minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, 1.9 notches above than the temperature recorded the previous night."

Gulmarg in North Kashmir witnessed 2 feet snow. Pahalgam in South Kashmir received about 40 cm of snow and the minimum temperature dipped to minus 2.8 degrees Celsius there. The upper reaches of Ladakh also received snowfall. In Leh, the minimum temperature recorded was minus 8 degrees Celcius. At Kargil, the mercury dipped to minus 15.6 degrees Celsius.

The fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir Valley also brought chilled cold wave to Jammu where the minimum temperature recorded was 10 degrees Celsius. Fresh snowfall has brought hopes to the people associated with the tourism industry. Mukhtar Shah, a hotelier, said, "Tourists who are already here in Gulmarg extended their tour after the fresh snowfall. We are hopeful that we will have a good winter season ahead and more tourists will come to Kashmir after this snowfall. Snow sports lovers will also come to Gulmarg as we have the best skiing slopes here."

Meanwhile, the 434 km long Srinagar-Leh highway and the 86 km long Mughal road that connects South Kashmir with Poonch and Rajouri districts of the Jammu region remained closed due to the accumulation of snow at several places. "Many roads, highways and the airport are blocked and most homes are without electricity," former Chief Minister Omar Abduallah tweeted.

In another tweet Omar said “Yesterday was pretty, today it’s now a pain. Many roads, highways & the airport are blocked & most homes are without electricity. We know Kashmir is going to see snow in winter but when it does snow normal life just falls apart”. "Due to heavy snowfall, many remote areas in North and South Kashmir have been cut-off from nearby towns. The 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu national highway that connects Kashmir valley with the rest of country is closed for vehicular movement," traffic police officials said.