Taking stock of damage caused due to the early snowfall in Jammu-Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday ordered the authorities to restore essential services, including electric supply and road network, immediately.
The Governor is personally monitoring the situation and has issued instructions to the PDD and PWD for immediate restoration of electricity supply and road connectivity in the affected areas.
“The Advisors and the Chief Secretary have been asked to get regular updates on restoration of essential services from the concerned so that the people don’t face any inconvenience,” an official spokesman said.
Meanwhile, in view of snowfall in many parts of the Kashmir valley, the department of Tourism has set up helpline numbers for the general public and especially for tourists for any exigency. The school education department has also established helpline numbers for students who have to appear in examinations.
The Governor was informed that massive damage was caused to transmission lines and transformers due to snowfall and uprooting of trees and the restoration work is in full swing. The Commissioner Secretary, power department, informed the Governor that by this evening electricity will be restored in 90 per cent of the affected areas while in other areas also the restoration work is on.
Regarding restoration of road connectivity, the Governor was informed by the Commissioner Secretary, PWD that all inter-district roads have been restored and Srinagar-Jammu highway will be through by this afternoon.
The Governor has also asked the Principal Secretary, Finance, to make adequate funds available to PDD and PWD for replacement of damaged transformers and snow clearance operations respectively.
In view of the ongoing Board Examinations, the Governor has asked the Education Department to make adequate heating arrangements at the examination centres.
Governor Malik also called for evacuation of all the passengers stranded on Srinagar-Jammu highway, Mughal road and other major arterial links in the State.