Keran, Machil, Tanghar among major roads cleared in Kupwara

1955 km total road length cleared post snowfall in district, 80 percent electricity also restored

1955 km total road length cleared post snowfall in district, 80 percent electricity also restored

Kupwara, Dec 30 (KNS): The overnight snowfall has affected normal life throughout the Kashmir valley, but district administration Kupwara has started restoration measures on war footing basis. The roads leading to far-flung areas like Keran, Machil and Tangdar among 1955 kilometer road length which have been cleared from snow. 

The district administration have pressed around 120 snow clearance machines, out of these 34 were from district administration, 18 JCBs, 20 mechines from PMGSY, 13 from Beacon, 15 from Mechanical Wing and 18 machines from PWD in order to restore normal life.

Out of these1955 kilometers, 804 km were cleared by R&B, 707 km by Mechanical Engineering, 250 km by BEACON and 194 KM by PMGSY.

The district administration also pressed men and machinery into action,resulting the 80 percent of power restoration in the district.

Speaking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the DC Kupwara, Dr Sagar said that snow has been cleared from all roads falling under priority-1 and 2 and traffic is plying normally on these roads. He said that the road leading to border town including Keran, Machil and Karnah were thrown open again as snow clearance operations were conducted by the authorities.

Notably, this is the first time that these three important roads are being reopened in such a quick turn.

Besides men, 120 Snow clearance machines are available in the district and are still in operation across the district. The snow has been cleared from all roads leading to essential installations including Health institutions, Hospitals, Government Offices.
He futher said  that power supply was restored properly as all men and machinery were pressed into service. However, only Machil and Keran is still cut-off due to technical faults in the 33kv line which shall also be restored forthwith as men and machinery are on the job.
He said that we have also helicopter services for border areas to deal with the emergencies. 
He also said that plains in kupwara district received season's first snowfall and administration has put all possible efforts to clear the roads including border roads in a single day. 
Besides civil administration, police teams were also out on roads to lend helping hand to the needy, as hundreds of vehicles were rescued due to inclement weather.(KNS) 

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