Essential services being restored on war footing basis: Div Com

Says 70% roads cleared under priority Phase-I

Srinagar: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole Wednesday said that all the essential services are being restored on a war footing basis for the convenience of the general public.

He informed that plain areas of South Kashmir received 2 to 3 feet snow while Central Kashmir received 1 to 1.5 feet snow and North Kashmir 0.5 to 1 feet besides hilly areas received 2 to 4 feet snow which affected normal life and services.

Div Com said that the Mechanical Engineering Department completed 70% snow clearance under priority Phase-I while PWD cleared snow from all the roads falling under its jurisdiction.

Besides, Div Com informed that apart from 5 to 6 percent water supply lines which have been affected, all other Water Supply Schemes are functional.  He said that the affected WSS will be restored soon for which men and machinery has been put on work.

Div Com further informed that no casualty has been reported till now due to the snow and said that all the hospitals are functional while entire medical and paramedics staff is available in hospitals to render their duties and services.

He said all the essential services are being restored on priority and on a war footing basis.

Meanwhile, he appealed to the general people to keep patience and support the administration to restore affected services.

He also appealed to people not to park their vehicles on the road sides so that the Mechanical Engineering Department, PWD, SMC and other departments will not face any hindrance during snow clearance.

Besides, he further appealed to people not to throw snow of their lawns on the streets or lanes as it creates difficulties for the people and snow clearing teams.

While showing pleasure for snow fall, he said that snow plays a very important role for prolific yield in Agriculture and horticulture which form the backbone of the economy in the valley.

He said a good snowfall is also pivotal for irrigation canals, irrigation system besides resuscitating our springs which ensure constant supply of drinking water to various areas through WSS.

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