## J&K LG reviews winter preparedness, offers Raj Bhawan’s chopper for medical emergencies ##

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In a joint meeting of various departments, Lieutenant Governor of Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha reviewed winter preparedness of the valley and directed the concerned officers for the strengthening of a robust response mechanism for power restoration, essential supplies, water and road connectivity during winters.
Sinha also directed the officials present in the meeting to use choppers of Raj Bhawan for medical emergencies in addition to the Heli Services extended by the Central Government in the cut off areas such as Tangdhar, Gurez, Keran, Machhil.
“Take early measures for ensuring uninterrupted drinking water and power supply, besides, put in place a strong mechanism for ensuring smooth movement of traffic for continuous road connectivity ahead of the winter season with special focus on far-flung and snowbound areas. Apart from available helicopter service to cut off areas, the administration should use choppers at Raj Bhawan to help those in distress”, he said.
He also directed the officials to ensure availability of public utilities like wood, ration, medicines and other basic amenities.
For road connectivity, the Lt Governor directed for acquiring all the necessary machinery required for snow clearance from all the main and internal roads.
“In order to clear the inner lanes of villages off snow, where machines cannot be deployed, the administration can hire the trained manpower, and must clear the snow for smooth movement,” he added.
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Stressing upon synergy between the departments, Sinha directed the officers to monitor and keep a close watch on the functioning of their respective departments pertaining to winter preparedness for better coordination to avoid inconvenience to the public.
While reviewing the winter preparedness of the Power department, Sinha enquired about the availability and surplus of power transformers for the coming winter season.
He directed the Power department for establishment of a task force to ensure power supply and gave strict directions for the availability of surplus transformers to cater to the need during the winter season.
The Lt Governor also directed the Jal Shakti Department to take all the measures required to ensure that there is no scarcity of drinking water. He also stressed upon enough stock of fuel, cooking gas before harsh winter hits the region.
Sinha also asked the top government officials to put in place every available facility including emergency services such as power back-up for hospitals, water pumping stations, important government offices and state of the art ambulance services at all hospitals, especially in the higher reaches area.
The officials said snow control rooms will be established in every district headquarters by October 15 for smooth operation of snow clearance, mechanically and manually.
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