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  • 151 snow clearance machines deployed

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the valley including Leh and Kargil districts to establish snow clearance control rooms in their offices. The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir issued the direction while reviewing the stock of preparedness to be made for pre and post snowfall across Kashmir division including Leh and Kargil districts.

The Div Com said that in these control rooms, officers of all concerned departments will sit to provide each and every information to the local population regarding snow clearance preparedness and arrangements made by the District Administration for winter months so that people do not face any kind of inconvenience post snowfall in the valley as well as in Ladakh region.

It was informed that Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) had deployed 151 snow clearance machines besides snow cutters across all districts to clear snow from 40,118 kms length of macadamized roads in the Kashmir Division.  All DCs detailed their preparedness regarding snowfall clearance in their respective districts. As per the demand from DCs, the Divisional Commissioner directed the Engineers of MED to deploy additional snow clearance machines and snow cutters to the respective districts. Beacon will also deploy snow clearance machines and snow cutters at National Highway, Mughal Road and hilly areas.

He stressed PDD engineers to store a buffer stock of transformers, poles, wires and other material at all districts within fifteen days. PHE will also store pipes and other materials so that people do not face electricity and water problem, in case of any emergency. For successful evacuation programme at avalanche prone areas, Khan directed officers of Disaster Management to gear up men and machinery in these areas and hold mock drills regularly.

To save city from inundation, SMC informed that 115 mobile de-watering pumps besides fixed de-watering pumps are functional in the city. De-slitting process of city drains has already been completed.   Div Com directed SMC authorities to keep diesel, men and other machinery ready to meet any eventuality so that city inhabitants of low lying and inundated areas will not face any kind of problem during snowfall. All ward officers will send the complete report to the Commissioner regarding the clearance of roads, water and electricity supply, availability of ration and sanitation after the clearance of snow in their area.

Divisional Commissioner also directed all Deputy Commissioners to hold a meeting on weekly basis in their respective districts to review proactive preparedness for snowfall clearance and send fortnightly reports to the Divisional Commissioner’s office for further course of necessary action.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama G.M. Dar, Director Disaster Management Aamir Ali, Chief Engineer PMGSY, Joint Commissioner SMC, Superintending Engineers of PDD, PHE, MED & ULB, Deputy Directors of Health, Deputy Director Fire & Emergency services, Project Manager NHAI, Engineers of BEACON, officers of SDRF, Representatives of RAMKY and other concerned officers were present in the meeting whereas all Deputy Commissioners of the valley including Leh and Kargil participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

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  • Farooq Shah expresses dissatisfaction over tardy pace of de-silting

SRINAGAR: Secretary PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control& DMRRR, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Thursday reviewed the progress of work on de-silting of Flood Spill Channel (FSC) in Srinagar. The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer PHE, I&FC, Abdul Wahid, Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers. Other officers of the allied departments were also present at the meeting. Taking serious note of slow progress of work at some spots of FSC, Shah directed the officers to deploy additional men and machinery to improve the pace of work so that the same is completed within the given deadline.

During the meeting, it was observed that fencing along the FSC has been damaged at many places, to which Shah directed the officials to restore the same at the earliest. He also said that all the flood protection related works shall be taken on priority at every place and shall be completed as early as possible. He said the Government is committed to tackle any flood-like situation and is working on measures to prevent such scenarios in the future.

The Secretary also called for zero tolerance to any encroachment along water bodies and passed strict directions to the officers to ensure that no encroachment takes place in their respective areas. He said the officers concerned will be responsible to any encroachment taking place in their respective areas and action will be taken against the officials as per rules. The meeting was informed that de-silting and related flood protection works are going apace at Shariefabad, Naidkhai, Padshahi Bagh, Rambagh and Bemina.

Meeting was informed that at Shariefabad stretch, about 8.00 lakh cubic metres have been de-silted out of the total target of 11.50 lakh cubic metres while at Tengpora-Mehjoor Nagar stretch, 2.37 lakh cubic metres have been de-silted out of the target of 2.81 lakh cubic metres. The meeting was assured that the target of desilting at these places will be achieved within one month.

With regard to the desilting of Hokersar, the meeting was informed that the desilting work has been started and will be completed within the stipulated time. During the meeting, Executive Engineers and Superintending Engineers apprised the secretary about the progress of flood protection works in their respective districts and assured that the work will be completed within the given timeframe.

Shah emphasized upon all the officers and engineers of the department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all ongoing projects. He said no lapse of any kind shall be tolerated in such vital projects of public importance. Later the Secretary visited Mehjoor Nagar and Rambagh to inspect the progress of Flood Protection work on the spot. He interacted with the locals and the workers to get the feedback about the quality of work and assured the public that the flood protection works will be completed in set time frame. He also directed the officers to beautify the bunds along the FSC for the attraction of the locals.

In order to achieve the fixed targets of the department, he stressed upon all the concerned to put in extra efforts and work with proper coordination. Shah appealed the general public to avoid raising structures on the banks of Jhelum and its flood-channel.

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JAMMU: In continuation to its earlier drives for beautification of Jammu City, Jammu Municipal Corporation has initiated a step towards beautification of City of Temples in collaboration with J&K Bank, the basic objective being to project the cultural heritage and the historical importance of Jammu and Kashmir State. The beautification drive was inaugurated with first brush stroke on the wall near Brig. Rajinder Singh Chowk by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sh. Sanjeev Verma, (IAS) and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer J&K Bank, Sh. Parvaiz Ahmed in presence of Deputy Commissioner Jammu Sh. Ramesh kumar (IAS) Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation Sh. Arvind Kotwal (KAS). The Executive President J&K Bank Sh. R.K Chibber and  Sh. Sunil Gupta President J&K Bank  were also present.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu appreciated the efforts of Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation and also thanked Chairman J&K Bank for their immense support to JMC in this endeavor towards beautification of Jammu City with new concept of wall paintings.  He also lauded the efforts made by Administration and JMC for paintings work done on the Pillars below fly over at Bikram Chowk Jammu. Divisional Commissioner stressed upon all officers to put in collective efforts to enhance aesthetic of City of Temples.

Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation thanked all the dignitaries for being enthusiastically participating in the whole program which shall be carried out further in various parts of Jammu City. Among others Sh. Pardeep Singh (KAS), Joint Commissioner JMC, Ms. Sunaina Sharma Secretary (KAS), JMC, Sh. Prem Singh (KAS), Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Sh. Joginder Sharma,(KAS) CAO, JMC, Sh. Prabodh Sharma, Executive Engineer (C), Sh. Arun Gupta, Executive Engineer (T)  Dr. Saleem Khan, Health Officer,JMC,  Sh. Zaffar Iqbal (MVO), JMC,  Sh. Talat Mehmood Khan, Chief Transport Officer JMC, Revenue Officers of JMC, Sanitation Officers of JMC and other staff of Bank and JMC were also present on this occasion.