Srinagar: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today chaired an extraordinary meeting of different departments to review their winter preparedness at Civil Secretariat here.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner, SMC, Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan; Additional Commissioner, Kashmir, Director, Health Services, Kashmir, Chief Engineers of R&B, Jal Shakti (PHE), PDD, PMGSY, Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) and other concerned officials of these departments.
During the meeting, Advisor Bhatnagar took stock of various initiatives and works taken by these departments for winter preparedness across Kashmir division. He directed the concerned officers to make necessary arrangements well in advance and impressed upon the departmental heads to prepare action plan in consultation with each other.
While reviewing the preparedness of MED, Advisor Bhatnagar directed the concerned Chief Engineer to establish 24*7 control rooms in each district in order to meet any exigency due to heavy snowfall. He also asked them to deploy technical experts and engineers in each blocks or panchayats so that the roads and lanes in peripheral areas are cleared on time.
The Advisor also directed the Chief Engineer MED to follow proper SOPs while clearing snow on roads so as to avoid any kind of damage to roads. He also asked them to deploy machinery and required equipments in peripheral areas beforehand so as to avoid any eventuality in case of heavy snowfall.
While reviewing the preparedness of SMC, Advisor Bhatnagar directed the Commissioner to devise a plan at micro-level with all concerned departments to avoid any issue during operationalisation of machinery and other equipments during snow clearing process. He also directed the Commissioner to deploy required machinery and snow clearance equipments beforehand in each of the wards in Srinagar city.
The Advisor also asked the Commissioner SMC to place de-watering pumps at vulnerable points in advance so that there are less chances of water logging at these locations. He further asked him to devise a mechanism for clearing of snow falling from roof tops in inner lanes of the city.