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Massive response mechanism with round-the-clock efforts pressed into service amidst heavy snowfall in Srinagar

DC Srinagar monitoring response mechanism, assessing requirements surrounding essential services in all Tehsils

Srinagar, Jan 05: The Srinagar district administration including all departments concerned was on its toes all through Tuesday as heavy snowfall battered the district as other parts of the Kashmir region where a harsh weather spell has been underway since Sunday.

Huge number of men and machineries of snow-clearance and power departments were on the ground as part of a massive response mechanism activated across Srinagar in efforts to ease disruptions to essential services resulting from the snowfall.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary was himself out monitoring the response mechanism. He visited all Tehsils of the district to inspect the response mechanism and to take firsthand assessment of requirements surrounding essential services and supplies thrown out of order as a result of the snowfall.

He held on-road meetings with officers and officials in each Tehsil reviewing the status of snow-clearance and restoration of affected services. He directed for round-the-clock efforts for as long as required while appreciating the exceptional hard work of departments concerned and their men in dealing with this challenging situation that has thrown life out of gear.

Speaking on the occasion he assured that round-the-efforts are being made in efforts to minimise disruption to essential services while it’s still snowing adding that all the affected services will be restored soon after it stops snowing. He said snow-clearance has been a major challenge due to continued snowfall and the prevailing sub-zero temperature hardening the snow as it accumulates.

Giving details of the snow-clearance operation he informed that a total of 3915 kilometres of linear road length was snow-cleared by 1900 Hrs Tuesday adding that huge numbers of machineries and men of MED and PWD and PMGSY were involved in the effort in their respective areas of operation. SMC and its men and machines were also was involved in the effort clearing lanes and by-lanes.

Power was another area receiving major focus of the administration in its efforts to minimise disruptions. Of 6500 transformers in the city only 9 transformers were reported damaged during the day for which alternative transformers were dispatched. 23 out of 258 11kV feeders which were reported damaged were responded to promptly by KPDCL teams. Repair work thereon continues in earnest and will be restored soon. All of 36 of 33kV feeders were operational. Curtailments in many areas were necessitated as a preventive measure to avoid loss of life or property.

The water supply system suffered damages at six locations out of which 5 were repaired fully by the evening. Repair work is underway at the sixth locations which is expected to be completed by midnight.

It is notable that services to hospitals were functioning normally and no disruptions was reported. Two houses which were damaged in Eidgah and Panthachowk tehsils were sanctioned relief amounts of Rs 1 lakh each.

While appreciating their patience Dr Shahid appealed to the residents of the district to cooperate with the district administration stating that the situation as it exists in the district as a result of the extreme weather demands special cooperation. He assured that all roads and lanes will be cleared and affected services restored as soon as possible.

Meanwhile in view of the heavy and continuous snowfall in the district the Srinagar administration has issued an urgent appeal to the general public to avoid non-essential movement of private transportation while it’s still snowing to facilitate unhindered snow-clearance operations.

It said that the snowfall situation as it exists at the moment demands that non-essentials vehicles are kept off the roads as their movement is hindering the snow-clearance operations including movement of relevant machineries from one place to another.

The district administration has meanwhile asked the general public of the district to contact helpline numbers of different departments for urgent assistance that might be required in view of the prevailing weather situation.

The departments can be contacted at PMGSY 7006605349, MED 01942497458, PWD (R&B) 01942311364, 01942313751, KPDCL 6006613056, 6006613057, 6006613058, 6006613059, 6006613060, SMC 01942474499, FCSCA 18001807011, TRAFFIC 01942455179, JAL SHAKTI DEPARTMENT 01942452047, 01942477207, DRAINAGE 01942474499, UEED 9419555565, 9682319763, and IRRIGATION & FLOOD CONTROL 01942502946, 01942502947.

The general public can also contact DC Office Srinagar at 6006333308, 9419028242, 9419028251, 9419014723.

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Body of 50-yr-old man retrieved after 3 days from Jhelum

(Asian News Hub) – Three days after drowning into Kiti Koul in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, the body of a 50-year-old man has been retrieved from river Jhelum on Monday evening.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of a 50-year-old man was retrieved today by River police from Jehlum in Takanwari area of Noorbagh in Srinagar.

They identified the deceased as Feroz Ahmad Raina, son of Late Abdul Aziz Raina of Zaindar Mohalla, Habba Kadal.

Meanwhile, they said that the body will be handed over to the family after completing the legal formalities.


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Elderly man injured in leopard attack in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – An elderly man was injured after a leopard attacked him in Chanderwan Uttersoo area of Shangus of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.

Reports Reaching GNS said that a leopard attacked Abdul  Rasheed Wani Son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani of Chanderwan Uttersoo village, resulting in injuries to him.

Soon after the incident he was rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom he was shifted to GMC Anantnag for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile the local residents appealed to the Wildlife Department to capture the wild animals present in the area at an earliest in order to prevent any further attacks.


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Samaniya Bhat: Youngest radio jockey from Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A 22-year-old girl from Baramulla is winning hearts of people through her voice and informative programmes as she works as a radio jockey at Radio Chinar at Sopore.

RJ Samaniya Bhat a resident of main town Baramulla who has recently completed her bachelors in Journalism and Mass communication from GDC Baramulla is first female radio jockey of North Kashmir and the youngest radio jockey of Kashmir Valley.

Bhat while talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that since her childhood she was interested in journalism, however, by chance she grabbed the opportunity to become a radio Jockey.

“I was always fond of microphones and when I heard that north Kashmir is going to have its first radio station I went for an interview and after 4 or 5 rounds, I was among selected ones and only female,” she said.

“I feel happy to work as Radio Jockey because it is a very creative field and it helps in building your confidence and become outspoken and spontaneous,” Bhat said, adding “she remains in the studio from 12 pm to 3 pm and produces a programme Hallabhol with RJ Samaniya.”

“Our main aim is to involve our youth and entertain people besides talented persons who are being called to the studio who keep their viewpoint before people,” she said.

“Do the things you are good at and follow your dreams with hard work, she said, in her message to students, while adding that parents must allow their children to choose their field and shouldn’t force them to go in any field in which they aren’t interested.


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