Omar reviews pace of relief measures

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2014 08:25 IST

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday reviewed the relief and rehabilitation measures in the Valley.

Abdullah, who according to a government spokesman, is daily monitoring the relief and rehabilitation measures at the high-level review meeting was informed that more than 6.50 lakh quintals of rice has been released for free distribution to people in the Valley so far. Of this, 8,00,00 quintals has been provided in Srinagar district as against normal requirement of 6,39,00 quintals.

The chief minister was apprised that the dispatch of fruit from the Valley to the terminal markets has picked up considerably during last ten days and more than 6,00,0 truckloads of fruit has already been dispatched during this month so far, which is expected to be 7,000 truckloads by the end of the month.

The chief minister also reviewed the ongoing dewatering operation in some submerged areas of Srinagar city.

``It is stated that more than 200 dewatering pumps of various capacity have been put on job and most of the areas have now dried up. The focus is on complete dewatering of some areas, which are still waterlogged," the spokesman said.

The chief minister also received details of restoration of power and drinking water, particularly in the affected areas. It was informed that 80 to 85% power supply has been restored so far, while the supply of drinking water is going on satisfactorily. The chief minister also received appraisal of the rehabilitation measures already started in various areas. He said that the process be further intensified.

The chief minister was also given details of the restoration of functioning in various hospitals in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. It was stated that the OPDs in SMHS, GB Pant and LD hospitals
have started functioning, while Bone and Joint hospital, SKIMS and JLNMH Rainawari are now also functioning.

The chief minister directed the administration to work in a missionary zeal in this hour of crisis and render dedicated service to reach out to the flood-affected people in giving them necessary succour and
helping their early rehabilitation.

``It was informed that 79 bridges, 109 culverts and 653 km of road length damaged in the floods have been restored so for. It was also stated in the meeting that 90% water supply has been restored in Srinagar, while 70% water supply has been restored in towns and villages. The total temporary restoration of the public health engineering (PHE) schemes is expected to be completed in ten days,'' the spokesman added.

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