SMC augments its snow clearance capacity

As per officials, eight new machines have been added to service
SMC augments its snow clearance capacity
Last winter, city's Municipal Corporation had drawn flak due to its incompetence in clearing snow off roads. [File]GK Photo

Srinagar: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has augmented its snow clearance capacity by adding eight machines into service for prompt snow clearance in municipal areas, officials said.

The move comes amid the severe criticism faced by SMC last year after failing to clear snow from roads and lanes.

The authorities have also geared up its snow clearance preparedness and dewatering by keeping its men and machinery ready, officials said.

SMC Commissioner Athar Aamir Khan said loaders and other machines are available for snow clearance from lanes and by-lanes.

“The eight new machines are ready for snow clearance purpose. These machines are made up of modern technology and have been procured after consultation with experts,” Commissioner said.

He added that these machines are designed for effective snow clearance and are able to remove it from lanes without damaging road surface.He added that further one tractor with clearing plough have been stationed in each municipal ward.

“We have divided city in divisions and each division is working under the supervision of an officer. Those all officers would report the control room established at SMC headquarters,” he said.

The Commissioner said that as per chalked out a strategy, roads leading to hospitals will be cleared on priority.

He informed that machines are deployed before the time at respective stations so that snow clearance operations would start without any delay. He added that all ward officers have also been directed to remain alert and ensure dewatering and clearance of roads in case of snowfall.

To meet any eventuality arising out of snowfall and rains during the impending winter, SMC Commissioner claimed that foolproof arrangements have been put in effective dewatering and snow clearance.

“We have directed officials to remain vigilant. Men and machinery have been geared up to dewater the waterlogged areas during snowfall. Further, SMC has purchased sixty tons of salt to prevent slippery conditions post snowfall,” he informed.

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