Early winter sets alarm bells ringing

Early winter sets alarm bells ringing

The chilly nights that too in the month of November in Kashmir are an indication that winter is going to be harsh. Night temperature has already dropped below the freezing point in Srinagar and other areas in Kashmir.
The government is gearing up to deal with the weather vagaries by arranging the stocks and making preparations well in advance to deal with the crisis which may emerge during the coming months.
The government is facing embarrassment due to unscheduled power cuts in the Valley. The PDD failing to regulate power supply in metered and unmetered areas has exposed the department to the hilt. Despite Centre providing additional power PDD has failed to resolve the power crisis as there is no infrastructure at place to utilize additional power supply provided by the northern grid. There is every possibility about Centre withdrawing this facility due to the failure of the J&K government to utilize it.
After failing to provide electricity the government is now trying to ensure that other issues are taken care off. The top officials have asked the deputy commissioners of the different districts to ensure that enough essentials are kept available at district headquarters so that these can be sent to far-flung areas. On the other hand the government is trying its best to seek permission of the central government to allow the state government to operate helicopter services in far-flung areas so that the people are provided with the required help if the need arises. In absence of the state run helicopter service the government has to depend upon on army for help and provide assistance to the civilians who get stuck in snow-bound areas during winter months.
It’s good that government is gearing up for harsh winters. One hopes that these preparations don’t remain confined to papers only and people get benefited in the times of crisis.