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J&K Minister for early dumping of essential commodities in Ladakh

Jammu, Mar 15 (UNI) In view of the pleasant weather and dry spell in winter this year, efforts are on to re-open the 400 km long Srinagar-Kargil-Leh road for vehicular traffic in the last week of March, subject to the fair weather.
The BEACON authorities in collaboration with Army and Civil Administration are working in removing snow and landslides from the road especially in Zojila and the process is being completed in a week.
Minister for Co-operative and Ladakh Affairs, Chering Dorjay while chairing a high-level meeting of officers on Thursday convened to review the arrangements for transportation of essential supplies to Ladakh region for the year 2018-19.
He directed the authorities concerned to ensure that shortfall items, if any, of essential commodities be dispatched to the region on priority in the first phase.
He also asked the Transport department to keep available a mobile workshop including a dozer and a recovery van from Gumri to Drass so that no loaded truck may remain stranded in this vulnerable area.
During the meeting, the Minister was apprised about the proposal of supplies prepared by various departments and other stakeholders for 2018-19 in respect to both Leh and Kargil districts.
It was disclosed in the meeting that prestigious Srinagar-Leh Transmission Line will be commissioned in October this year for which the required formalities are in advanced stage.
The meeting was informed that as many as 13164 truck trips are required for transportation of food grains, key construction material and petroleum products for district Leh while as 11515 truck trips are required for the same purpose for Kargil districts.
It was given out that there is a target of stocking of 3382.86 quintals sugar, 105000 quintals rice, 75000 quintals wheat, 1200 quintals of refined/mustard oil, 5700 quintals fertilizers, 650000 quintals of essential commodities and other key construction materials, 2000 quintals of cattle feed, 500 quintals poultry feed and 57360 bags cement besides 59 MT steel for district Leh during the year 2018-19.
Accordingly, for the district Kargil, there is a target of stocking of 49363 quintals of atta/wheat, 5951 quintals of sugar, 106360 quintals of rice, 155000 domestic gas cylinders, 3300 commercial cylinders, 133850 bags of cement and 550000 quintals of other essential commodities for the current year, the meeting was told.
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