Establish 24X7 snow clearance control rooms from Oct 17: Div Com to DCs

SRINAGAR, OCT 11: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the valley including Leh and Kargil districts to establish snow clearance control rooms in their offices.
The Divisional Commissioner issued the direction while reviewing the stock of preparedness to be made for pre and post snowfall across Kashmir division including Leh and Kargil districts.
The Div Com said that in these control rooms, officers of all concerned Departments will sit to provide every required information to local population regarding snow clearance preparedness and arrangements made by the District Administration for winter months, so that people do not face any kind of inconvenience in the valley as well as in Ladakh region.
It was informed that Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) had deployed 151 snow clearance machines besides snow-cutters across all districts to clear snow from 40118 Km length of macadamized roads in Kashmir Division.
As per the demand from DCs, the Divisional Commissioner directed the Engineers of MED to deploy additional snow clearance machines and snow-cutters to their respective districts. Beacon will also deploy snow clearance machines and snow-cutters at National Highway, Mughal Road and hilly areas.
For successful evacuation programme at avalanche prone areas, Khan directed officers of Disaster Management to gear up men and machinery in these areas and hold mock drills regularly. To save city from inundation, SMC informed that 115 mobile de-watering pumps besides fixed de-watering pumps are functional in the city.