Kashmir weather plays peek-a-boo, admin jostles to avoid disruptions
An overnight snowfall in the hills, morning rain in the plains, and pleasant sunshine in the day and finally a shower in the evening described the peek-a-boo of weather in Kashmir valley on Monday. The temperatures fell, rose and fell again as the 300-km Srinagar- Jammu highway was closed after overnight snowfall at Bannihal.india Updated: Feb 04, 2013 21:46 IST
According to superintendent of police, Traffic Rural Kashmir, the vehicles would be allowed to ply on the National Highway from Jammu to Srinagar on February 05, if weather permitted.
But the weather department has forecast widespread rain and snowfall till February 07 cautioning of disruption in land and air traffic.
A government spokesman said that on the instructions of Kashmir divisional commissioner, the mountainous district of Kupwara has been put on high alert.
“As the fresh western disturbances are approaching due to which moderate to heavy snowfall is expected, all the concerned departments have been directed to remain vigilant and not to leave the headquarters to meet any eventuality,” the spokesman said.
In south Kashmir district development commissioner of Anantnag Farooq Ahmad Shah took stock of availability of the essential commodities and snow clearance preparedness in view of the weather forecast by Met department, Kashmir.
In a meeting, all the concerned officers were directed to co-ordinate in an effective way so as to avoid any eventuality due to heavy snowfall or rains during this time.
Superintending engineer, Power Development department was directed to ensure round the clock availability of power supply by activating and mobilising the available resources.
“All the tehsildars of the district were directed not to leave their respective headquarters during these days. They were directed to remain in close co-ordination with all other departments particularly in Magam-Kokernag so as to ensure road connectivity, power and water supply during any weather disturbances,” the spokesman added.