After public outcry, admin comes out with road-clearance figures

After facing a public outcry over the poor clearance of roads in the wake of snowfall in Kashmir valley, the administration Friday came out with figures in its defence.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, said that against the target of 22000 kilometres, as many as 18000 kilometre road length has been cleared of snow across Kashmir so far.

“Working on war footing, the MED has cleared snow from 8645 km against the target of 9654 km, while as R&B department against the target of 8036 has cleared and restored 6063 km road length across the 10 districts of Kashmir. Similarly, PMGSY has cleared snow from 2015 km road length against the target of 3225 km,” the Div Com said in a statement.

Div Com said that over 80 percent achievement has been also made by the ULBs through 40 number of MCs by clearing snow on 910 km road/lane length against the 1134 km length. The SMC has cleared 825 lanes against 1143 target and 4225 by-lanes against 5661 target so far.

The Div Com said that over 97 per cent affected 33KV Feeders, 96 percent Receiving Stations and 90 percent 11KV feeders have been restored so far to ensure scheduled power supply is  restored to the people across Kashmir. Similarly, 89 percent power supply/ transformer  outage has been restored in Kashmir.

The Div Com said there was sufficient stock of food grains available including 78531 MT rice and 1498 MT wheat stocked at various FSD stores in the Valley. He said a huge stock of 246262 LPG cylinders available while 2616 MS (in Kls), 9244 HSD (in kls) and 3526 SKO availability also.

The Div Com said that out of 441 affected/ damaged both lift and gravity WSS, 407 have been restored in Kashmir within the period of 3 days only.

He said that the major snowfall had not only disrupted the traffic movement with snow all across but also affected water and power supply in various areas due to damages to the various WSS and power lines, however, restoration work was launched promptly all across Kashmir and great achievement was made in the restoration process in short period of time.

He said that snow clearance work was taken up at all hospitals including SKIMS, GMC and associate hospitals and roads leading to DHs, SDHs, PHCs and other health institutions on priority.

He said that all health institutions with facilities of Electricity, Water Supply, Heating, POL, LPG, adequate Oxygen, Gensets and backups available are working smoothly besides all essential medicine and other life saving drugs are available in hospitals.