As the winter season is approaching fast in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir valley, Pandurang K Pole chaired a meeting of officers to review the winter preparedness in the valley, and supply and stocking of essentials across Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by Directors of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Health services, Meteorological Department, Disaster Management, RDD, Chief Engineers of Public Works Department (PWD), JKPTCL, Distribution, PHE, MED, PMGSY, Beacon Kashmir, GM FCI, JD SFC, JD F&ES and other concerned.
At the outset, Pole said that the Jammu and Kashmir administration is importing four high end multi-purpose snow machines from Italy out of which three shall be deployed in Kashmir to ensure fast snow clearance work during the winter season.
Stressing on advanced preparations for prompt snow clearance from roads, the Divisional Commissioner directed PWD, MED, ULB, BRO to remain well prepared and work in coordination for proper road clearance during the snowfall.
He emphasized on carrying out snow clearance as per the priority list and ensure all hospitals, emergency centres and other essential services installations are cleared under first priority.
The meeting was informed that the MED department has kept 211 machines in ready gear to be installed in all districts for snow clearance.
All the Deputy Commissioners were directed to ensure all preparation are in place from October-end, besides preparation for district snow management plan in each district.
Pole stressed on advanced branch and tree cutting at all required places to ensure smooth supply of electricity or traffic movement amid snowfall.
PDD authorities were directed to ensure less curtailment in its scheduled power supply in areas to remain affected besides dumping of huge bank of transformers, poles, conductors and wire to remain available in each district for immediate restoration of affected electricity supply.
Pole further laid emphasis on sufficient stocking of food grains, LPG, diesel, petrol, medicines, vaccine and all other essential commodities in four cut-off zones in Kupwara and Bandipora districts.
SMC authorities were directed to ensure installation of de-watering pumps in all waterlogged areas while health authorities were told to ensure smooth and hassle-free patient care at all hospital with availability of vaccine and medicines to the patients.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the FCS&CA department to ensure food grains, fuel and all essential commodities remain available to the people throughout the winter season.