Snowfall Situation|'90% R&B, PMGSY roads cleared in Ganderbal'

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The Ganderbal district administration Friday expedited its operations in all rural areas and towns of the district to ensure complete restoration of essential services.

After the recent snowfall in Ganderbal threw life out of gear, particularly in the rural areas, locals complained about the delay in restoration of essential services like snow clearance work.

Officials said the priority was to clear the main roads that connect with the interior roads and link roads.

They said that the hectic efforts to clear the snow and restore the affected services continued in Ganderbal district for the fifth consecutive day Friday.

The officials said the entire administration of the district including all departments concerned were involved in efforts to restore the affected services with snow clearance receiving a major focus as at least four departments – including MED, PWD, Municipality and PMGSY – were involved in the effort.

Executive Engineer R&B ZafarQureshi told Greater Kashmir that almost 90 percent of the roads under the domain of the department had been cleared and the men and machinery were working to clear the rest of the remaining roads in Ganderbal district which included far off areas as well.

He said during the past five days, the department received many distress calls in Ganderbal district which were redressed.

Executive Engineer PMGSY Mushtaq Ahmed said that almost 95 to 98 percent of PMGSY roads were cleared in Ganderbal district.

Sub Divisional Magistrate, Kangan Hakim Tanveer Ahmed told Greater Kashmir that almost all the essential services had been restored in Kangan Sub Division of Ganderbal.

“Power supply in all affected areas has been restored,” he said.

AEE PDD Kangan, Farooq Ahmed said that power supply was restored soon after the snowfall affected it. He said in all areas apart from where transformers were damaged, electricity had been restored.