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Snowfall: Here is what district admins in Kashmir say about restoration of essential services

DC Ganderbal 6

Srinagar: The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and other concerned officers of Kashmir division have been asked to carry out regular market checking in their respective jurisdictions and ensure that no hoarding or profiteering is exercised by any trader, especially under prevailing circumstances.

The DCs have been asked to put all available resources in service to restore all the affected services like roads, transport, power and water supplies besides hospital supplies in their respective districts.


The continuous snowing for the past four days has affected normal life throughout the Kashmir Valley, however, the district administrations had started on war footing snow clearance from inter-district and main roads since Tuesday morning, which was still continuing on Wednesday.



In Srinagar, the Deputy Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary, is monitoring the restoration work of essential services including lifting of snow from main as well as inner links of the district including old city areas by Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) and Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).

He asked the authorities of PDD and PHE Department to expedite the restoration work and ensure early restoration of power and water supply in affected areas of the district. He also, along with a team of officers, visited various parts of the district and took stock of the restoration operation going on in these areas.

The market checking teams have also been asked to intensify the checking in order to check that no hoarding and profiteering is resorted by the traders in the district.

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On the directions of Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Owais Ahmad, a team of senior officers of the District Administration on Wednesday toured various areas of the district to take first-hand account of the snow clearance operation and restoration/delivery of essential services.

Additional District Development Commissioner Afsar Ali Khan visited Sumlar, Shokbaba, Arin, Nadihal, Papchan, Bonakoot and Pethkoot and supervised the snow clearance and restoration of electricity and water supply in these areas.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir visited District Hospital Bandipora to inspect the Healthcare services being provided to the people. He interacted with the patients to get the feedback and also interacted with the doctors. He urged doctors to ensure better healthcare facilities to the patients and better heating arrangements in wards.

Mir, who was accompanied by Tehsildar Bandipora and Tehsildar Aloosa, also visited Aloosa Main Market and adjoining areas of the town to review the snow clearance operations in lanes and by-lanes. He directed the Municipal authorities to ensure immediate and prioritised clearance of snow from footpaths, internal lanes and by-lanes.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate Sumbal Dr Bashir Ahmad Lone visited Nesbal, Shadipora, Nowgam, Shilvat, Gansatan, Magam, Gadkhud, Gamdu, Shiganpora, Rakh-e-Shilvat, Check-Ganastan, Sumbal , Markundal, Hajin, Rakh-e-Hajin, Madwan and Mukdamyari areas of Sumbal Sub-Division to review the snow clearance operation and restoration works of power and water supply.

He also inspected Healthcare institutions, receiving stations and PHE Sub Stations to review the restoration works of electricity and power supply besides snow clearance of roads. During the visit he passed on spot directions for redressal of grievances of the people.

Meanwhile different Market Checking teams headed by concerned Tehsildars in Bandipora, Hajin, and Sumbal towns inspected markets, petrol pumps, LPG distribution etc to inspect the availability of essential commodities and check arbitrary price hike in markets owing to heavy snowfall.

It was given out that there is a sufficient stock of essential commodities available in the district including LPG, ration, Vegetables and other essentials.

Moreover, regarding Snow Clearance, it was given out that 86 percent of Priority 1st Roads and 58 percent of Priority 2nd Roads have been cleared, and with regards to electricity restoration, all 16 Feeders have been restored in ED Bandipora and 20 out of 27 Feeders have been restored in ED Sumbal.


The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pulwama, Dr. Raghav Langer Wednesday reviewed snow clearance operations, restoration of essential services, status of essential commodities and healthcare services available in the district.

While reviewing the post snow fall situation and the availability of essential commodities in the district, the DC was informed that there is a sufficient stock of essential commodities available in the district including LPG, ration, Vegetables and other essentials. It was also informed that there is a stock of 15000 quintals of rice, 6000 LPG cylinders 420000 litres of Diesel and 241000 litres of petrol available in the District Godowns.

Whereas Out of 82 gravity schemes 5 Water Supply Schemes are disrupted due to accumulation of snow and would be made functional soon. It was given out that 85 percent of 33 kv, 30 percent of 11kv lines and 80 percent Receiving Stations have been restored while the rest will be restored at an earliest.

On the occasion, DC directed the officials of all line departments to work in mission mode besides coordinating with each other to ensure uninterrupted supply of the essential items and services in the district.

He directed SDMs, Tehsildars, officials of Municipal Committees and other line departments to remain stationed at their locations and ensure prompt delivery of essential items and services to the public and address emergency demands with utmost preparedness.

He asked AC Legal Metrology, DO FSS, FSO’s to remain present at their designated locations and conduct regular market checking to keep check on hoarding and profiteering.


Deputy Commissioner (DC) Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza, Wednesday conducted an extensive inspection of the snow affected areas of the district to take stock of snow clearance, restoration of power and water supply and other essential services in the district.

He visited Humhama, Kremshore, Budgam, Ichgam, Bugroo Khansahib and other adjoining areas of the district to have an on spot review of snow clearance operation.


During the inspection, the DC said that all concerned authorities have been instructed to remain proactively and rigorously engaged in snow clearance operation.

The DC instructed all concerned Line Departments to remain alert, deploy sufficient men and machinery, work in coordination and ensure that snow clearance work is completed at an earliest.

While expressing his satisfaction over restoration of power supply in the district a day ago, the DC said that due to snowing again throughout night, power supply shall be restored at an earliest in affected areas.

The DC instructed CMO Budgam to ensure hassle free patient care facilities and also instructed the concerned to ensure uninterrupted supply of water and heating facilities. He also emphasised on cleanliness and regular supply of essential medicines to the needy patients.

The DC directed all the SDMs, Tehsildars, EXENs R&B, PHE, MED to remain available for public grievance redressal and not to leave their headquarters in view of inclement weather.


Snowfall: Here is what district admins in Kashmir say about restoration of essential services

Following heavy Snowfall, the District Administration Ganderbal acted instantly and pressed into service all the available men and machinery to ensure restoration and minimum disruption of essential services in the district.


To ensure essential services are restored in a bare minimum time, the Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal gave clear directions to the officials to take all requisite measures and they were also directed to ensure their presence at their concerned headquarters so that grievances of the people are redressed well on time.

To have a firsthand appraisal of the situation, the DC visited several areas of the district to monitor the snow clearance operation and restoration of essential services and assessment of requirements in the affected areas. The field functionaries were given necessary instruction regarding redressal of public issues.

Meanwhile, DC informed that all men and machinery are on job to restore essential services and snow clearance operations are also going on in full swing.

He said Most of the services are restored besides almost all main roads of the district are open and hopefully other services in affected areas shall be restored in the district as soon as possible.


Responding swiftly to the post snowfall situation, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag K. K. Sidha today visited various areas of the district to examine snow clearance operations and restoration of electricity and availability of stock.

Taking an overview of the ground situation and damages to the power sector, DC visited the PDD workshop at Laizbal Anantnag where damaged transformers are being repaired.


Sidha also visited the receiving stations Hutmurah and Gopalpora and interacted with management staff and field officials to ensure timely availability and restoration of electricity to all the areas of the district.

Later on he visited PHC Mattan to oversee the facilities in place. He also interacted with the patients and obtained feedback about arrangements in hospitals.