Srinagar, Jun 30: Advisor to Governor, BB Vyas today said the administration is fully geared to tackle the situation in view of the looming flood- threat in Kashmir following incessant rains and rising water levels in the rivers and Nallahs. He said while there is no need to panic, but people should take precautions.
“Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed heavy rainfall starting from 7:00 PM on 28 June 2018 resulting in rising water levels,” Vyas told media. He was flanked by Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
He informed that 53 mm of rainfall has been recorded in three districts including Shopian and Anantnag and Srinagar. He said the people have been warned to remain alert and be ready in case of any possibility of evacuation.
The Advisor said as the water level rose above the danger mark at Sangam in South Kashmir as well the water level continues to rise at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar; government has set up round-the-clock multi-disciplinary monitoring system in various parts of the state.
“We have the reports that due the incessant rains from last couple of days, lot of damage is caused damage in Shopian and other south Kashmir areas. The administration has alerted people to remain alert but don’t panic,” he said.
“Due to the heavy rainfall, the water flow in River Jhelum has gone upto 50000 cusecs against the carrying capacity of 35000 cusecs and the water level at Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar till early morning today was upto 20.82,” he said.
He said 7 teams of State Disaster Response Force and two teams of National Disaster Response Force are in place for rescue and relief operation beside this control rooms have been set up at district and divisional headquarters to meet any eventuality. He said that 140 NDRF and SDRF experts have been directed to remain vigilant to tackle the situation.
He informed that in Srinagar, government has created 44 shelter sheds and relief teams are now in place. The Advisor said that the Chief Secretary has issued orders that all the essential services including supply of rations is ensured to the people.
“The next challenge that we face now is heavy water logging in urban areas. 15 heavy duty and 40 small water pumps are in place in Srinagar city and SMC has been directed to monitor the functioning of these pumps,” he said.
The Advisor said that the Amarnath Yatra has been suspended from both the routes (Baltal and Pahalgam) due to landslides at various places. He said the pilgrimage to the holy cave will resume after the tracks are cleared and weather improves.
The Advisor informed that the three deaths have been reported from Jammu province in which one lady lost her life from falling of tree. District and divisional teams have been activated there also. There are also reports of loss of livestock and damage to Kacha houses. He said the Revenue teams are accessing the damage caused due to the flood like situation, adding that in this course whatever relief and whatever admissible assistance is permissible shall be distributed among the affected victims.
The Advisor informed that the weather is expected to improve soon. He said the administration is keenly monitoring the situation. People living in low-lying areas have been asked to be prepared for evacuation in case of an emergency.
Srinagar Admn to replicate Delhi model for establishing Smart Schools
Srinagar, May 22: After Moholla clinics, the Srinagar district administration is all set to replicate Delhi model for establishing Smart Schools in the summer capital city.
The government has framed a list of 25 schools from the entire district to be identified in the smart school project in a bid to improve the education in the primary and middle schools in the Srinagar city.
“After a study of Delhi model, we’ve taken up 25 Govt schools for a smart school project. Made good use of #BudhaPurnima holiday in gathering the first-hand survey of needs. Students, teachers contributed brilliant ideas. More local suggestions are welcome”, tweeted Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, district development commissioner Srinagar,
Later speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Choudhary said they earlier had sent a team to Delhi where they studied two to three model school both from government and private sector.
“The Idea is to improve the infrastructure in the identified school and the academic part. We are currently focusing on the soft skills including the proper training of teachers and involvement of the community,” he said.
Shahid said that they are going to enhance the capability of students and whatever it will cost they are ready to bear the expenses. “Initially we are starting with Rs five crores for the project,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner noted that they are going to focus on primary and middle schools. “We already have smart higher secondary schools in place but students while reaching to that level have little knowledge of the smart appliances”, he said
“The student-teacher ratio in government school is 1:5 which is quite good while that of private school is 1:22. All we have to do is to make good use of human resource and provide quality education in the government school,” he said.
Around 20 agencies from outside are involved in this project like one who delivers capsules on moral values and skill development.
“We will start career counseling on the primary and secondary level also. Initially 120 schools were selected and undergo certain competition out of which 52 students were selected and out of 52 only 25 were selected,” he said.
The schools selected for the project include Boys Middle School, Gagribal, Boys Middle School Drugjua, Middle School Allochibagh, Girls Midle School Panzinara, Middle School Cheki Mujigund, Middle School Khojabagh, Girls Middle School Boatman Colony, Middle School Kothi Bagh, Middle School ApparPora Balhama, Primary School Gundabal, Middle School Chatterhama, Girls Middle School Buchpora, Middle School Panjkarwari, Boys Middle School Habak, Boys Middle School Hazratbal, Boys Middle School Zakura, Middle School Pamposh Colony, Girls Middle School Ahmad Nagar, Middle School Saida Kadal, Middle School Saderbal, Middle School Daribal, Girls Middle School Soura, Middle School Taploo Muhalla, Hawal, Middle School Khan Muhalla Iddgah, Middle School Q D Pora, Zaldagar.
“The project will be completed within six months of the time period”, Shahid said.
Authorities fail to check the skyrocketing prices of essentials
Srinagar, May 22: Much publicized market checking teams constituted by the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (DFCSCA) have failed to control the steep price-rise of the essential commodities in the holy months of Ramzan.
A kilogram of cabbage is selling at Rs 80 and before Ramzan the vegetable used to sell at Rs 30-40 per kilo. Beans, in most of the valley markets is selling at Rs 100, which is Rs 40 more compared to pre Ramzan days. Prices of rest of the vegetables including tomatoes, potatoes, brinjals and green collard ranges between Rs 40 to Rs 50.
Mutton and chicken rates are no different, which too are sold Rs 10-20 higher than the prescribed rates by the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs.
In Lalchowk, a kilogram of chicken sells at Rs 160, 10 Rs more than the prescribed rate. The rates vary as one heads towards north or south Kashmir where a kilogram of chicken cost up to Rs170.
Being a mutton consuming region, a kilogram of mutton sells at Rs 520-530 throughout the valley. The government prescribed rates stand at Rs 450 per kilogram.
The sudden hike in essentials is leaving the consumer furious, who question the outcome of frequent raids by the authorities.
“This has become a norm for the traders during Ramadan. The concerned department often tours markets but fail to permanently control the prices of essential commodities,” said Muhammad Yaqoob a customer from Srinagar’s Barbarshah area.
Expressing helplessness to control the price hike, Director DFCS&CA, Muhammad Qasim Wani said the closure of the highway mostly paves way for the hike in the essential commodities in Kashmir.
“We charge the offenders who don’t follow our rates. Actually highway has mostly remained closed due to which the vehicles coming from markets of New Delhi and Punjab remain stranded for days together,” he said.
Wani said the department has its teams in the city and almost 15 members in every district to check rates of the essential commodities.
“The local production will be also available in market by next week,” he added.
Family of slain Pattan driver appeals police to speed up probe
Srinagar, May 22: Family of slain driver Jan Mohammad from Mamoosa village, whose body was retrieved from a stream under mysterious circumstances, has appealed the police to speed up the investigation.
Jan Mohammad of Mamossa in Pattan had left for Srinagar on March 22 to collect the money from the owner of the car. Since then, he was missing and eventually his body was retrieved from a stream in Chaenbal area of Pattan on April 4.
Staging protest at Press Enclave, the family members said that police have so far not been able to bring the culprits to book. Jan’s brother, Shabir Ahmad said that the family wants to know who killed their son.
Seeking intervention of Governor Satya Pal Malik and Director General of Police (DGP), Dilbagh Singh, Shabir demanded stern punishment to the killers of his brother.
“We even protested on Srinagar –Baramulla highway. It was after Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Baramulla’s assurance that we called off the protest. He told us that 70% of the investigation has been completed,” he said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom said that the investigation was on.
“The Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the supervision of Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Pattan is probing the case. It would reach to the conclusion, within few days. Jan Mohammad has been murdered, initially a missing report was lodged at Police station Pattan, later that was converted into an FIR,” he said.
Gunfight breaks out in Dadsara Tral
Srinagar, May 23 : Gunfight raged between security forces and militants in forests of Batipora area of Dadsara Tral in...
BJP wins Jammu, Udhampur, Ladakh LS seats
Jammu, May 23: Bhartiya Janta Party has won Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh Lok Sabbha seats. Dr. Jitendra Singh has won...
NC wins all three LS seats in Kashmir
Farooq wins Srinagar, Akbar Lone Baramulla, Hasnain Masoodi Anantnag
Accept People’s verdict with humility: Mehbooba
Srinagar, May 23 : PDP president Mehbooba Mufti congratulated Narendra Modi for the “historic” mandate in the Parliamentary elections whose...
Congratulate BJP for a stellar performance, all credits to Modi, Shah: Omar Abdullah
National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for an...
NC leads in all three seats in Kashmir
National Conference candidates are leading from all the three Parliamentary seats in Kashmir, with Farooq Abdullah and Hasnain Masoodi close...
Sensex zooms past 40k mark as NDA takes healthy lead
MUMBAI: The BSE Sensex hit another lifetime high of 40,030.86 on Thursday as the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was...
Dead body of active militant’s brother found in Pulwama
Pulwama, May 23 : Dead body of active militants brother has been found in his native village on Thursday morning....
BJP leading in 288 seats, may get majority on its own
Counting of votes to decide the fate of 8,049 candidates is underway. Going by the early leads, Prime Minister Narendra...
Abdullah, Mir, Jitendra Singh leading in early trends
Srinagar, May 23: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, BJP leader Jitendra Singh and Congress state president GA Mir were leading...