Srinagar District Administration Sets Up Helpline As Snow Throws Life Out Of Gear

Response mechanism to deal with the situation fully activated: DC Srinagar

SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 07: The Srinagar administration has issued helpline numbers for the information of the general public requiring assistance in view of the prevalent weather situation in the district.

The general public have been asked to contact the following phone numbers in case of eventualities: DC Office Srinagar​​​​ 0194-2477033/2452182/9419028242/9419028251, R&B 0194-2313751/9419014333, Fire & Emergency Services​ 0194-2479488/101/9419251908, MED 0194-2497458/7889624147, PDD​​​​​ 0194-2452001/9419055102, UEED​​​​​​ 0194-2500444, SMC​​​​​​ 0194-2474499/18001807038/, PMGSY 9419057213, PHE​​​​ 0194-2452047/9469545842 Health 0194-2452498, Drainage​​​​​ 941900432, Sanitation 9419093213, CAPD​​​ 0194-2455019, Police Control Room​​​ 0194-2452092/100 and Traffic Control Room 0194-2450022.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, in a statement, said that response mechanism to deal with the situation having arisen from the inclement weather situation in the district has been fully activated and that all line departments including MED, PWD, PHE, SMC, PDD, UEED, Traffic and Health are on the ground in efforts to restore the affected services.

He said the concerned departments are under strict instructions to ensure swift snow-clearance and dewatering of all roads and lanes especially those leading to important installations like hospitals and receiving stations and that the Traffic department has been directed to ensure maximum police deployment for effective handling of traffic situation and movement in the City.

The DC said all the line departments have established control rooms for the convenience of general public and all of them are under strict instructions to deploy adequate men and machinery on the ground and work in close coordination amongst themselves.

He said that senior officers from all concerned departments have been designated as nodal officers to monitor the situation within their areas of jurisdiction.

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The nodal officers can be contacted Wali Mohammad Mir (PDD) at 9419055102, Nayeem Khan (R&B) at 9419014333, Bashir A Shah (F&ES) at 9419251908, A Rasheed Bhat (MED) at 7889624147, Imtiyaz Ahmad (Drainage) at 941900432, Nisar Ahmad (Sanitation) at 9419093213, Mushtaq A Wani (PMGSY) at 9419057213 and Nazir A Dar (PHE) at 9469545842.

The said officers are operating under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioners M Hanief Balkhi (9419009472) and Khurshid A Shah (941943387).

Giving details of ongoing efforts to restore services in the district it was informed that the MED has put into service 24 snowplows in ongoing efforts to clear the roads of snow adding that R&B and SMC is also involved in snow-clearance operation on all main roads and pedestrian lanes across the Srinagar city. Thousands of personnel are on the ground involved in efforts aimed at earliest possible restoration of services.

It was also informed that all of 80 dewatering stations of SMC and 12 of UEED and 21 mobile pumping stations of SMC are currently operational on DG-sets in the Srinagar city. It was said the F&ES department has also kept some of its pool of fire tenders and portable fire pumps available for water-logging exigencies.

In regard to power restoration efforts it was informed that 14 of 36 33KV lines in Srinagar have been restored and charged by 1 o’clock but continuous snowfall has forced disconnection in order to avoid mishaps with snowfall causing trees to fall off as has happened at several places in the city. One of the personnel involved in power restoration efforts died in Hazratbal area after a tree fell on him killing him on the spot.

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