Even as Srinagar-Jammu national highway was opened for one-way traffic on Sunday afternoon, government took stock of the availability of essential goods and petroleum products like LPG, K-oil, diesel and petrol.
A government spokesman said that a high level meeting was convened under the chairmanship of minister for consumer affiars and public distribution, Qamar Ali Akhoon to review the availability of food grains and other essential commodities and issues relating to transport and legal metrology department in Kashmir valley.
The meeting was held after heavy snowfall blocked national highway, snapping the road link of valley with rest of the country for past two days. The highway was put through for one-way traffic in the afternoon after Border Roads Organisation (BRO) cleared the snow on the road.
The spokesman quoting the minister said that a buffer stock of Rice, Sugar and Wheat was available in the godowns of CA&PD, besides availability of LPG, K-oil, diesel and petrol.
The minister said that essential commodities have already been dumped in the far flung and border areas of the valley which will cater the need of local public till June 2013.
Akhoon was informed that 28481 Metric tons rice, 8314 Metric tons wheat and atta, and 1446 Metric tons sugar was available in the central godowns of CA&PD and stores of FCI.
"Regarding supply of LPG, the Minister was informed that 273550 gas cylinders are available at present in the valley which includes 2.55 lakh cylinders of HPCL, 12950 cylinders of BPCL and 5600 cylinders of IOCL. He was also informed that supply of diesel and petroleum is sufficient for one month and 3 weeks respectively," the spokesman said.
The minister stressed upon the concerned officers to ensure that transport shall ply on the city and district roads till late in the evening. He also enjoined upon the officers to make ensure that rate lists of transport fare shall be displayed in all big and small vehicles. He also directed for implementation of 50 percent concession in favour of students and specially-abled persons.