Srinagar: Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole Monday convened a meeting regarding winter preparedness by departments across Kashmir Division.
At the outset, Div Com impressed on Additional Commissioner Jammu and DC Ramban to facilitate the smooth movement of vehicles from their side, particularly during morning and evening hours when markets along the highway remain abuzz which creates traffic jams and interrupts smooth traffic movement.
He also asked them to stock salt in advance that can be used to spray over the road at Patnitop when it gets slippery due to snow and frost. Besides, he told them to put snow clearance machinery ready at critical junctions for instant action to facilitate the flow of vehicles.
Meanwhile, Div Com stressed on CEs of R&B and MED to use new sophisticated machinery instead of crude snow clearance machinery. He exhorted upon them to chalk out priority-wise snow clearance plans and directed them that priority once decided shall not exceed or change.
He asked them to put the priority plan in public domain so that people shall know in advance about the locus standi of their respective areas.
Similarly, PMGSY and SMC officers were directed to enhance the capacity of men and machinery for snow clearance. Pole directed that the public should be made aware that no one should throw snow of lawns on lanes.
He directed for making helipad service functional in Kupwara and Bandipora for far-off areas which remain cut off due to snow. Div Com on the occasion also directed concerned DCs to streamline ticket booking and issuance of tickets in a transparent manner besides directing deputation of staff there and snow clearance mechanism.
Regarding avalanche warnings in hilly areas, Div Com directed issuing advance avalanche warning for hilly areas so that damage to property and loss of lives is avoided.
For the safety of orchards, Div Com instructed the Director of Horticulture to issue an advisory for the pruning of plants so damage due to snow can be reduced.
PDD was instructed to prepare a schedule for power distribution and confiscate crude electric appliances from the market besides advance dumping of stock at Subdivision level.
It was informed that advance dumping of stock of transformers, poles, and conductors have been initiated by the department besides 80% branch cutting was also completed.