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Srinagar, July 22: Governor N.N Vohra has reviewed the preparedness of the Administration for rescue and
relief measures to be taken for meeting the eventuality of a flood situation in the State. Chief Secretary Sh.
BVR Subrahmanyam informed Governor about the advance measures taken by the Department of Disaster
Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction (DMRRR) in the past more than one month for
ensuring the lives and properties of people in the event of a flood.
Governor was informed that during the recent flood like situation, during 28th June -7th July, 2018, the
Central Flood Control Room was set up at Ram Munshibagh; Automatic Water Level Recorders and
Automatic Rain Gauges were installed at five essential sites viz. Sangam, Ram Munshibagh, Khudwani,
Batkoot and Wachi; Global Navigation Satellite System is being used for correlating the manual and
automatic Gauge sites with each other; Doppler Radar and Automatic Weather/Rain Gauge stations have
been put in place to gain real time data in advance, during any adverse situation; 12.60 lacs empty cement
bags are available with Irrigation & Flood Control Department (I&FC), besides geobags and mega bags;
encroachments were removed from the Jhelum Spill Channel and tributaries; dredging of river Jhelum and
flood spill channel has been initiated; with World Bank support, River Morphology Study of Jhelum and Tawi
has been initiated for better flood forecasting.
Governor was further informed that the Department had established an State EOC Centre at Gogo
Humhama and 260 tents have been pitched with other facilities; 40 Relief Camps established in district
Srinagar and 7 Nodal Officers appointed; 7 teams of SDRF and two teams of NDRF, along with 14 motorized
boats, positioned; 100 personnel of Home Guards and Civil Defence, besides 2,500 Police personnel and
3,000 CRPF, kept ready for assisting evacuation operations; 260 family tents pitched; 30 toilets (male and
female) erected; medical teams deployed, alongwith medicines and chlorine tablets.
One Central Flood Committee consisting of 22 members; 11 District Coordination Committees consisting of
20 members each headed by the Deputy Commissioners and 14 District Flood Zonal Committees headed by
the Executive Engineers have been constituted to deal with any flood eventuality.
Under SDRF, there is deployment of 523 personnel for 216 Stations with 46 inflatable motor boats, 25 fibre
motor boats, 12 fibre rowing boats, 34 lifebuoys, and 128 lifesaving jackets. Further, SDRF is procuring 250
Satellite phones worth Rs. 2.50 cr, Raft Boats (50) worth Rs.1.50 cr, inflatable tents (108) worth Rs.2.00 cr
(10×12 size) and rescue equipment worth Rs.7.00 cr. In addition, Rs.70.50 lacs is being spent for capacity
building of officials working in the field.
Governor was also informed that the Department of DMRRR has operationalized three EOCs in District
Budgam, Srinagar and Pulwama and the remaining 19 Districts are being made functional by 15th August

2018 in the office complexes of the District Development Commissioners, for which Rs.15.00 lac per EOC has
been proposed for setting up of these EOCs and Rs.75.00 lac has been proposed for setting up of two State
EOCs, one each at Humhama Gogo Srinagar and at Gandhi Nagar Jammu. Besides, procurement of
communication equipments and refurbishment of existing spaces is also being done in the offices of Deputy
Commissioners /State level EOCs.
Regarding strengthening and raising the embankments of the river, Governor was informed that 113 spots
on river Jhelum have been identified and strengthened during monitoring by Beat and Sectoral Officers; 140
spots on tributaries have been temporarily restored and strengthened; strengthening of 25 spots on river
Jhelum and 68 spots on tributaries are under progress. The protection bunds have also been constructed at
vulnerable spots in Paragwal and Akhnoor areas. Chief Secretary further informed that about 1.75 lac bags
have been filled with sand/earth and kept ready by the department at various spots close to the bunds,
where flood threat was earlier observed. Besides, 81 permanent dewatering stations and 119 mobile
pumping units are available at the district and divisional level. 04 additional pumping units are required at
district level in Kashmir Division which will be procured.
After discussions, Governor complimented Chief Secretary over the preparatory work done and directed that
Secretaries of I&FC and DMRRR should take immediate action to fill up any identified additional gaps to
avert/ tackle arising incidents during heavy rainfall and ensuing flood like situation in future. Chief Secretary
informed that sufficient funds have been kept at the disposal of Divisional Commissioners and Deputy
Commissioners have been directed to ensure prompt disbursement of ex-gratia relief, as per the norms,
when need arises.

 
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Stopping of trucks on Sgr-Jmu highway: Mutton, fruits, vegetables dealers suffer huge losses

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Srinagar, Apr 23: The mutton, vegetable and fruit dealers Tuesday claimed that they have suffered losses worth crores due to routine stopping of vehicles carrying these items by the traffic police on Srinagar- Jammu national highway.

The dealers said that trucks carrying livestock and other items are being stopped at various junctions on highway without any reason.

As per the dealers, the practice is prevalent from a long time, resulting in the escalation in the prices of essential commodities including mutton, vegetables and fruits.

 

General Secretary, All Kashmir Mutton Dealers Association (AKMDA), Kashmir, Mehraj-ud-din Ganie said that for the last three months, the truckers ferrying livestock to the valley are facing difficulties while travelling on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

“For the last almost one week, 150-200 trucks have been stopped at Udhampur’s Jakhani area, resulting in loss to the tune of Rs 1 crore daily to the mutton industry, “he said.

Ganie added that “we have nothing to sell as our stocks are over.”

“We have taken advance from the customers, who require mutton for marriage purpose. We were not able to give consignments to them. If stock didn’t reach at an earliest, we won’t be able to provide consignments for next two days as well, “he said.

President, Jammu and Kashmir Goods Transport Companies Association (JKGTCA), Mohammad Sidiq Ronga admitted that truckers are being stopped for no reason.

“Attempts are being made to shatter our economy. The traffic police are stopping our trucks everyday. Usually trucks carrying goods reach Kashmir from Delhi in 24 hours but now it takes three to four days,”he said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, J&K, Alok Kumar said that “landslides at Manki Morh have been causing disruption in the traffic movement.”

“Earlier, we allowed traffic to move towards Kashmir but it resulted in congestion .Once congestion is over, we would allow them to proceed, “he said.

Meanwhile, traders at Fruit Mandi Parimpora are planning to go indefinite strike from Monday 29.

The Mandi comprises more than 300 shops and around 3000 people are directly associated with it for earning their livelihood.

President, New Kashmir fruit Association Parimpora Bashir Ahmad said that they have called an indefinite strike from Monday 29. “Every day our fruit and vegetables- laden vehicles are stopped unnecessarily in Udhampur by police. Fruits have short life and get destroyed due to stopping of our vehicles on highway. We understand that Losses are inflicted deliberately, the president claimed.

He said that though they raised the issue many times with the top authorities but no heed has been paid in this regard. “Now we have decided to shut our business till our problem won’t be resolved,”

He said that they are not satisfied with the assurances given by the government and therefore they have decided to go for strike.

He claimed that due to unnecessary stopping of vehicles, the traders at fruit mandi are losing crores every month. “Deliberately our trucks are being stopped in the Udhampur region. We have seen that when a truck offers money to the police, only then they allow them to move towards Kashmir,” Bashir Ahmad claimed.

He further alleged that even on Sunday when traffic was not allowed on highway, they received several vegetable and fruit- laden trucks from Jammu, and “they told us that they paid money to the police who later allowed them to move”.

Sources said that supply of vegetables and fruits could be hit, triggering a price rise, if the strike begins and continues.

The supply of vegetables, fruits such as onions, Potato, Mangoes, oranges, Grapes, chillies, cauliflower, cabbage and tomatoes is largely dependent on this mandi.

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ECI’s assurances over fool-proof security have fallen flat: Mir

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Srinagar April 23: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency, G A Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit with great enthusiasm.

In a statement issued Mir also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.

Mir has expressed gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag, saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free, which was matter of enormous pleasure for Congress party.

 

Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag. The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir, he said.

Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident free elections, he added.

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Geelani’s son questioned by NIA in funding case

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New Delhi, Apr 23: Nayeem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.

Nayeem Geelani, who had been evading questioning by the NIA for long, appeared on Monday and a detailed questioning took place on Tuesday.

Geelani’s questioning comes days after the NIA quizzed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in connection with the same case. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of militant activities, stone pelting on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments.

 

The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

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