Governor visits downtown Srinagar, review restoraion works

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Srinagar, Nov 16 (UNI) In a bid to acquaint himself with the ground situation in Srinagar following Friday's snowfall in the Kashmir Valley, Governor N N Vohra today went round the interiors of the city and took stock of the snow clearance and dewatering measures.

The Governor visited the major pockets in the downtown area and issued instructions to the divisional administration for further stepping up dewatering in the water logged low lying areas.

Mr Vohra also visited the historic Idgah to inspect the dewatering measures on the approach road.

He also visited Bagh-e-Ali Mardan, Lal Bazar, Safakadal, Anchar and Hazratbal to review the situation obtaining in the aftermath of the early snowfall.

On Dr Ali Jaan Road, the Governor was briefed about the large scale sewerage project, currently under execution.

He discussed various other projects of civic importance and expressed unhappiness over the visible lack of coordination between various agencies, particularly engaged in the road development.

He stressed the need for coordinated efforts between the various service providing departments, stressing that overlapping caused enormous damage to the road network and inconvenience to the general public.

The Governor also reviewed the follow up of his earlier instructions given to the various agencies on his arrival at Srinagar yester-morning for restoring power, drinking water and road communication on most urgent basis.

The power supply has now almost fully been restored in the affected areas, though the field agencies are engaged in the restoration work in the peripheral and the suburban areas of the Valley.

He asked the Divisional Commissioner Masud Samoon to gear up the concerned departments for clearing the water logged areas.

Mr Vohra, who air-dashed Srinagar yesterday, had conferred with the divisional administration, especially the concerned chief engineers, to impress upon them the crucial need of responding to the situation on war-footing basis.

He also stressed the need for finalising the contingency programmes for dealing with such exigencies during the ensuing winter months.

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