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Advisor Bhatnagar reviews winter preparedness in Kashmir valley
11/17/2020 10:39:09 PM
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Nov 17: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, today reviewed the winter preparedness of different departments of Kashmir valley besides taking a detailed review of "Mechanized Snow Clearance Action Plan" for 2020-21 of Mechanical Engineering Department (MED), Kashmir prepared for proper maintenance and accelerated snow clearance of all the roads during winters.
Advisor Bhatnagar directed the Chief Engineer MED to ensure that adequate men and machinery is stationed near inter-district roads, connecting arteries and roads leading to hospitals and other emergency services so that they can be deployed timely in view of any exigency.
To avoid any eventuality in view of the inclement weather, Advisor directed the officials to establish 24X7 Joint Control Rooms (JCRs) to respond swiftly in times of any exigency besides maintaining constant coordination with MET department for regular weather updates. He asked the officials to establish proper grievance redressal mechanism at control rooms for facilitating the public and providing them timely information.
Advisor Bhatnagar asked the officials of MED to maintain constant coordination with other agencies like SMC, Urban Local Bodies, Tourism department besides R&B, Jal Shakti during snow clearance and other restoration works. He urged them to keep greater synergy besides maintaining regular coordination with district level teams for smooth flow of services.
Chief Engineer MED informed the meeting that the "Mechanized Snow Clearance Action Plan" for 2020-21 will cover almost all the routes covered in the last year's Action Plan while as some additional roads have been incorporated in the instant Snow Clearance Action plan as per the demand received from the R&B/PMGSY Wings of Public Works Department.
Chief Engineer apprised the Advisor that the Snow Clearance Action Plan has been framed to include all the inter district highways, important district-town roads and roads leading to public utilities of high priority besides approach roads towards district and other major Hospitals. He also elaborately gave details about deployment of snow clearance equipments in various districts of the valley.
On enquiring about the clearance of roads during recent snowfall, the Advisor was informed that the roads in Kupwara, Gurez and other adjoining areas have been fully cleared besides the Mughal Road has also been made through.
Advisor Bhatnagar directed the concerned officials to make efforts for keeping Tangmarg-Gulmarg road clear throughout the winter season as the place attracts large number of tourists every year.
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