Jammu, Dec 9: Indian Meteorological Department and Meteorological Centre, Srinagar has intimated that a fresh western disturbance is most likely to affect the Jammu and Kashmir from December 11 to 15 with moisture feeding taking place from the Arabian Sea.
Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rain and snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu and also at Kashmir region.
The main activity of this system is likely to occur during December 12 to 13 and gradual decrease thereafter.
This will be the first ‘major wet spell’ during the current season for J&K.
Divisional Commiss-ioner Jammu, Dr Mandeep K Bhandari directed all the Deputy Commissioners, all concerned Heads of Departments and District Superintendents of Police of Jammu division to activate their men and machinery for minimize disruption of essential services, restoration of road connectivity, restoration of electricity, water supply and healthcare services etc. for the convenience of general masses.
Meanwhile in view of weather forecast of heavy snow and rains, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed Divisional Administration of Kashmir to be in a state of preparedness and responsive to any crisis thrown up by the inclement weather.
The Chief Minister has directed all the concerned Departments like PDD, R&B, MED, ULB, PHE, Health and other Departments to gear up in view of the weather forecast and deploy their men and machinery on the ground beforehand.
In a specific direction, Mehbooba Mufti directed that there should be no delay in snow clearance operations and, as soon as it starts to accumulate, snow clearance machines should be pressed into service so that people do not face any inconvenience. For this, she directed positioning of snow clearance machines at critical spots beforehand so that snow is cleared in a minimum time.
The Chief Minister directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Urban Local Bodies to ensure that the interior roads and lanes in the city and major towns of the Valley are cleared of snow on priority and water logged as a result of snow or rains is drained out quickly. She also directed the PDD authorities to ensure replacement of damaged infrastructure with speed and also put all resources at their command to ensure that minimum cuts are resorted to while supplying electricity to consumers.
Mehbooba Mufti also directed the management of SKIMS and SMHS hospitals to have sufficient stocks of medicine available with them and also at all the district, secondary and tertiary care hospitals besides all the requisite doctors and paramedical staff are deployed at their respective places of working.
The Chief Minister has also directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to put similar measures in place in the areas in the region where heavy rains and snow have been predicted.