SMC gears up men, machinery for snow clearance, dewatering

Strategy chalked out for winter: SMC Commissioner
SMC gears up men, machinery for snow clearance, dewatering
A shopkeeper shovels snow at Residency Road in Srinagar. File: Habib Naqash/ GK

Srinagar: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has 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.

“We have also chalked out a strategy to clear snowfall from city roads. In case of snowfall, our priority will be to clear the roads leading to various hospital, masjids and shrines,” he said.

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 fool proof arrangements have been put in effective dewatering and snow clearance.

He said that this control room would monitor the progress of snow clearance and will also receive grievances and complaints post snowfall.

“We have directed officials to remain vigilant. Men and machinery have been geared up to dewater the waterlogged areas during snowfall. We have pressed 10 snow clearance machines into service. Besides sixty tractors with plainers for snow clearance are on standby mode. Further, SMC has purchased sixty tons of salt to prevent slippery conditions post snowfall,” he informed.

He added that men have also been kept ready for manual clearance of various lanes and by-lanes.

The Commissioner during his recently held review meeting has also issued clear directions to all officials to ensure that people don’t suffer post snowfall.

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