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DC Srinagar monitor’s snow-clearance in various areas; thanks residents for their patience, cooperation

Srinagar, Jan 07: Snow clearance was stepped up in Srinagar on Thursday when the main focus of the operation was link roads and lanes.

Services of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Public Works Department were utilised to aid efforts to clear the snow from interior roads and lanes across Srinagar. Large number of machines – including those hired – and men were involved in the massive effort.

To clear link roads and lanes, the R&B Department had pressed over 110 machines – including 48 JCBs and 64 Tractors – into service. Over 900 kilometers of road length – put together – were snow-cleared in the effort. 

Smallers lanes where machines could not reach were cleared manually. Thousands of men were pressed into service for manual snow-clearance — these included hundreds deployed by the R&B alongside some 3000 SMC workers.

The Mechanical Engineering Department carried out widening of clear corridors on main roads across Srinagar. By 6 pm, over 1100 out of 1300 kilometres of main road length were widened.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary spent the first half of the day out on the ground monitoring snow-clearance and inspecting essential services and supplies.

He visited areas across Downtown Srinagar and those in rural Srinagar including Khonmoh, Check Sangri, Zevan, Balhama, Sempora, Pandrethan, Dhara and Harwan. He also visited several areas in Chanpora and Shalteng Tehsils.

Speaking on the occasion, he thanked residents of the district for their patience and cooperation with the district administration. He said most of the affected services have been restored and assured of earliest possible clearance of snow from all remaining lanes and by-lanes across the district.

With regard to power scenario, it was informed that all of 36 33kV feeders and 254 out of 258 11kV feeders in the district were charged as on Thursday evening. It was informed that 10 of 6505 transformers damaged in the snowfall were being replaced.

Snow-clearance and restoration of still-affected other services will continue tomorrow when most to all thereof will be targeted for coverage.

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Spike in COVID-19 Cases: JK govt defers Annual Darbar move for ‘safety’ of employees

Secretariat to function both in Srinagar and Jammu, office function not to affect due to e-office’

(Asian News Hub) – The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that the Darbar move has been deferred while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu to ensure the safety of the employees in view of rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Union Territory.

Office of the Jammu and Kashmir Lt, Governor on it official Twitter handle said that the in view of sharply rising cases of COVID in J&K, the government has taken few important decisions to ensure the safety of the employees.

It said that the Darbar move has been deferred because of COVID while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu and office functioning will not to be affected because of e-office.

“As J&K is witnessing surge in number of Covid cases, the threat it poses to people/ staff on the move and the implementation of eOffice in both the Secretariat, in move offices, it has been decided to defer the #DarbarMove this time,” the Tweet reads.

In another Tweet it said “However, Secretariat will function in both Srinagar & Jammu with staff equitably split between two Secretaries will function from both locations in an equitable manner Office functioning will not be affected as files to move electronically between both Secretariats in eOffice.”


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Rope in private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients: DAK to authorities

(Asian News Hub) – As Covid-19 cases continue to rise unabated in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday urged authorities to rope in private hospitals to treat corona patients. ​

“That would reduce the burden on government run hospitals,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“We are back in the eye of the storm, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and hospitalizations too,” he said.

“Virus has once again become dangerous and is behaving aggressively.”

“Today we have more patients in hospitals than what we saw during the first wave and we are finding it hard to cope with the rush of patients,” DAK President said.

“Hospitals are running full and are at the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Patients are struggling to get a bed in ICU. Even oxygen support beds are occupied and patients have to use cylinders to maintain their oxygen levels.”

“We should include private hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for private hospitals to take part in the management of Covid-19 patients.”

“That would ease the pressure on public hospitals, and would relieve the strained staff,” Dr Nisar said.

“For the past few weeks, cases have started rising and is now starting to reflect in the rising number of hospitalization.”

“The number is expected to rise further in coming days as there are still massive number of people in the population who are susceptible to the virus,” he said.

Hospitals should prepare for dealing with any eventuality,” Dr Nisar said.

“Public safety will depend on hospital preparedness.”

“Hospitals should have separate negative pressure isolation wards for corona patients,” he said.

“The negative pressure would prevent contaminated air from escaping the ward. These wards should have dedicated ventilators and HEPA filters that would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. They should have separate entrance so that infected patients don’t risk other patients and staff in the hospital.”

“In order to ensure safe environment for patients, hospitals should adopt strict infection prevention and control measures and vaccination to staff,” said Dr Nisar.

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Beating of student in Pvt Coaching centre: CCAK constitutes committee to inquire matter

(Asian News Hub) – Following the incident of beating a student in Hope Classes, Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) on Wednesday constitutes a Committe to inquire the matter.

CCAK has termed the incident unfortunate and has expressed disappointment over the incident.

“It is unfortunate that such an incident has happened. The Association constituted a committee to look into the matter and recommend measures so that such incidents do not happen in future,” CCAK said in an statement.

It also states that the Association however is cautioning people especially social media users not to get swayed with the video without full knowledge.

“We condemn the incident but people should not read into it too much. Unfortunately a witch hunt has been launched by people against the teacher and the coaching institute, both of whom are known for their reputation,” CCAK spokesperson said.

The Association said that it will soon come out with guidelines to prevent such incidents.


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