Chief Secretary Rajwant Sandhu today morning again reviewed the progress about restoration of essential services in the State which were affected due to snowfall and expressed satisfaction that these services had been restored but cautioned to be prepared to meet any exigency in case of heavy snowfall again.

It was informed in the meeting that essential services including electricity, water supply and transport etc. have been restored by taking work on war footing. She said that almost all major roads have been cleared. Chamba and Tissa have been opened and Bharmour was likely to be opened by today provided weather permits. Similarly, efforts were afoot to open Kharapathar in Jubbal area and Khirki in Chopal area within a day or so.

Chief Secretary expressed satisfaction that electricity in Chamba, Chopal and other parts of the State had been restored and directed to ensure that people in interior also do not face any inconvenience due to non supply of electricity and repair work if needed should also be taken on war footing. It was informed in the meeting that buses have been sent on all major routes from Shimla today morning but making through road was not sufficient as safety of the people would have also be ensured by ensuring that whether these routes were worth plying for buses and heavy vehicles due to slippage at risky points.

Sandhu said that every precaution should be taken for safety of people while plying vehicles. She directed administration that it would be ensured that that adequate supply of essential commodities be kept available in far flung areas to avoid any shortage in case there was heavy snowfall in days to come. She also directed that matter be taken up with Indian Oil Corporation to send adequate supply of LPG cylinders for Himachal Pradesh to meet any situation in near future keeping in view the inclement weather. Chief Secretary again reiterated that on risky /slippery points, precautions should be taken for safe plying of vehicles and sand etc., be poured in such points.

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