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Heavy snowfall in Kashmir valley disrupts traffic movement; Weather will remain deteriorated till Tuesday afternoon: Weatherman
LG Manoj Sinha directs divisional admn to be in a state of preparedness

Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Srinagar, Jan 04 (KINS): Following heavy and continuous snowfall in Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu Division, the authorities suspended vehicular traffic on Jammu, Srinagar National Highway while the air traffic was also affected due to heavy accumulation of snow on the runway and poor visibility.
However, the tourists looked very happy as they were out of hotels and houseboats enjoying the fresh snow.
The MeT has also predicted snowfall till Tuesday afternoon and keeping that in view, the authorities have geared up and made all necessary arrangements.
The Meteorological department has said that weather will remain deteriorated till Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile according to news agency KINS,LG Manoj Sinha has directed Divisional Administration of Kashmir to be in a state of preparedness and responsive to any crisis thrown up by the inclement weather.
The LG has also directed all the concerned Departments like PDD, R&B, MED, ULB, PHE, Health and other Departments to gear up in view of the weather forecast and deploy their men and machinery on the ground beforehand.
In a specific direction, Sinha directed that there should be no delay in snow clearance operations and, as soon as it starts to accumulate, snow clearance machines should be pressed into service so that people do not face any inconvenience. For this, she directed positioning of snow clearance machines at critical spots beforehand so that snow is cleared in a minimum time.
The LG directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Urban Local Bodies to ensure that the interior roads and lanes in the city and major towns of the Valley are cleared of snow on priority and water logged as a result of snow or rains is drained out quickly. 
LG also directed the management of SKIMS and SMHS hospitals to have sufficient stocks of medicine available with them and also at all the district, secondary and tertiary care hospitals besides all the requisite doctors and paramedical staff are deployed at their respective places of working.
The LG also directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to put similar measures in place in the areas in the region where heavy rains and snow have been predicted. (KINS)

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