Administration fully geared up to meet challenge of snowfall

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Srinagar, Oct 19 (UNI) As the upper hills in the Kashmir valley received a moderate to heavy snowfall and plains had rains resulting in considerable cold, the Divisional Administration geared up its machinery to meet any eventuality.

The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh National Highway will officially declared closed on October 31 for the six next months in the winter.

Official sources said today to meet any eventuality in the event of possible snowfall during the winter in the valley, a comprehensive contingency plan was formulated envisaging immediate clearance of snow from roads, restoration of power and water supply, provision of essential commodities and maintenance of essential services.

They said 45 snow clearance machines and four snow cutter machines were available with the Mechanical Engineering department to clear the snow from highways, districts and other link roads in the valley.

Two more snow cutters were being procured from Switzerland which would reach Srinagar in the first week of December.

The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) would ensure the clearance of snow from lanes and by lanes of Srinagar city manually and mechanically.

A joint control room would also be established in the office of chief Engineer Roads and Building here and functional from the first week of November.

The Beacon project authorities were asked to ensure timely clearance of roads from Qazigund to Kaman Post especially in view of the trans LoC trade.

The meeting was informed that 64 dewatering stationary pumps were in a state of readiness to meet the post snowfall situation.

Regular weather warnings would also be issued by the project coordinator of the Disaster Management to the concerned quarters.

They said adequate stock of petroleum products and food grains processions would tide over the crisis in the winter.

The Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) would issue three months ration in advance to the consumers of the areas mostly remaining cut off during heavy snowfall.

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