‘Major snowfall doesn’t mean disaster; says Div Com Pandurang Pole

Appeals people to avoid crude electric gadgets, park vehicles inside premises

Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Pandorang K Pole on Tuesday ordered rationing of fuel, LPG and other essential commodities as “precautionary measure” amid ongoing major snowfall across valley. He appealed people not to go panic as every major snowfall doesn’t mean a call of disaster.

Talking exclusively to KNS, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole said that order has been issued as “precautionary one” even as stocks are full. “We are not low on stocks. The order is a precautionary, a preventive one to avoid any difficulty which may arise ahead in view of harsh weather”, Pole said.

He appealed people especially living in rural area not to go panic while seeing major snowfall. “Most of the populations live in rural belts who are majorly dependent on agriculture and horticulture. They too know that snowfall is in their interest which will increase their crop production in coming season”, he said.

Pole further said that people by and large should not go panic as it is not necessary that major snowfall would be a disaster. About inconveniences facing by people on ground, he appealed people to stop use of crude electrical devices in ongoing weather so that electricity could be saved.

He appealed people to park vehicles in their premises and stay away from parking it on roads as it costs heavy toll to men and machinery while snow clearance. “I appeal people to park vehicles inside their premises as it interrupts the snow clearance work if vehicles to be parked on outside”, he said an urged people stay inside and venture outside only in case of any exigency.

Divisional Commissioner also said that his office has passed strict directions to all Deputy Commissioners and asked them to ensure alertness of essential departments, besides ensure availability of supplies. “I passed direction to all DC’s and asked them to check the presence of employees of essential department including PDD, R&B, PHE, RDD, Municipal Committees etc so that people’s issues will be attended on time. Also I urged them to ensure uninterrupted supply of essentials to people on ground.

To a query, he said that authorities had already taken strong note of violations by mutton sellers who are selling it on exorbitant rates. “We had fixed price of mutton on scientific rates while discussing it to all stake holders. Many violators had been taken into task and those will not abide instructions of Government will too be booked under relevant sections of law”, he said.

The Divisional Commissioner officer earlier issued an order about rationing of fuel, LPG and other essential commodities as “precautionary measure” amid ongoing major snowfall across valley.

The order copy which lies in the possession of KNS reads that in continuation of this office communication No: Divcom/PS/Misc/2021/2610-27 dated 04. 01. 2021, the instructions are hereby issued for strict adherence by all concerned.

“The Petrol/Diesel shall be issued to the vehicles as under: Two wheeler: 03 litres; Three wheeler: 05 litres; Four wheeler (private): 10 litres; Four wheelers (commercial): 20 litres; Heavy motor vehicles/buses/trucks: 20 litres”, order reads.

According to order copy, the LPG cylinder shall be issued to the consumer only after 21-days against proper acknowledgement and record.
“All the concerned/Line Departments shall conduct extensive market checking to crack whip on the persons indulging in overcharging/black-marketing, profiteering etc. Concerned Tehsildar & TSO shall make surprise visits and ensure implementation of these directions and report through concerned by Dy. Commissioner accordingly”, order copy reads. (KNS)