18 Control Rooms activated across Kashmir

JAMMU: In view of the forecast of heavy snowfall and rains in Kashmir from December 11, the Mechanical Engineering Department (MED), today said it has put all the arrangements in place to ensure speedy snow clearance and dewatering. “Mechanical Enginee-ring Department, Kashmir is fully prepared for timely clearance of snow and all the preparations have been done to keep men and machinery ready to respond to any situation in view of the weather advisory from December 11,”said Vijay Kumar Raina, Chief Engineer Mechanical Engineering Department Kashmir. Pertinently, the Met Department has issued weather advisory according to which a western disturbance is approaching J&K and adjoining areas due to which moderate to heavy snowfall is expected at most places in the State from December 11 to December 13, 2017. “This system is likely to affect J&K from 9th December onwards and produce moderate to heavy snowfall on 11, 12 and 13 December,” the advisory said. Responding to the advisory, Raina said as directed by the Government, the Department has carried out the mock drills, other preparatory works and has directed the officials at the district and provincial level to keep the men and machinery ready. He said the Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar is personally monitoring the situation. “We have activated our control rooms including 10 in South Kashmir, 5 in North Kashmir and 3 in Central Kashmir. We have also created one provincial level control room which will keep track of every development across the region as far as the weather changes are concerned,” he said, adding “Our manpower and machinery are ready and are in a state of preparedness, so as to minimize disruption of essential services, road connectivity, restoring electric supply, water supply, healthcare services etc,” he said. Meanwhile Chief Secretary, B B Vyas on Saturday held a video conference with Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to review preparedness of the Divisional and District Administration in view of inclement weather forecast in Kashmir Valley and other far flung areas. Chief Secretary directed the Administration to be ready to meet any eventuality in view of the MET Department forecasts for the coming days. He said round the clock supply of electricity to Health institutions and other critical establishments should be ensured and it should also be ensured that generators in Hospitals etc are in proper working condition, should a need arise. Chief Secretary directed that all concerned Departments like PDD, R&B, MED, ULB, PHE, Health and other Departments should gear up in view of the weather forecast and deploy their men and machinery on the ground beforehand. Chief Secretary directed that there should not be any delay in deploying men and machinery including snow clearance machines/drainage pumps etc as soon as snow/water starts to accumulate, so that people do not face any inconvenience. Divisional and District Administration was asked to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience on account of essentials services like supply of electricity, water and availability of ration, K oil and LPG and medicine.