Srinagar (NVI): Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today visited Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, the Republic Day venue in Sonwar, to take stock of the snow clearance work and other arrangements ahead of the R-Day function to be held on January 26.
Keeping weather conditions into consideration, the Divisional Commissioner instructed the concerned officials to keep their men and machinery in ready gear and keep all snow-related equipment stationed at the stadium by January 22 morning for prompt response in case there is more snowfall in the Valley.
He also directed the concerned authorities to ensure speedy snow clearance from the ground and all parking places for the hassle-free conduct of Republic Day function at the stadium.
The Div Com called for immediate restoration of the snow damaged rooftop of the central pavilion at the stadium and asked the concerned to ensure proper heating arrangements for all those who shall be participating in the function.
He also instructed to take up main gate Church Lane construction work on priority and ensure the same is executed on a war footing. Besides, he asked officials to ensure that all arrangements are put in advance for smooth conduct of march- past and cultural events.
Stressing on fool-proof arrangements, the Div Com said that there shall be no relaxations to any loopholes or mistakes at the venue.
He said that various online competitions like painting and other programs have been organized as students can’t participate in parade and cultural events due to Covid-19. Besides, a training session of indoor exercises, particularly Yoga for immunity, shall also be demonstrated during the function.
The Div Com instructed that among other invitees, literary persons, sportspersons, progressive farmers and Covid warriors shall also be invited to facilitate them during the function.
He emphasized on making proper refreshment arrangements for all invitees and participants. He also stressed on making fool-proof security arrangements to ensure hassle-free celebrations of Republic Day function.
To ensure strict adherence to laid down guidelines and precautions, the Div Com emphasized on conducting antigen testing of all participating in march past parades for their safe participation in full-day rehearsal and final day functions.
Meanwhile, contingents including of J&K Police, Armed Forces, CRPF, Lady Contingents, Home Guard, Fire & Emergency Services and Forest Protection Force shall participate in the march past and make band arrangements as per the past practices.
Besides the security arrangements, the Pole took stock of arrangements related to traffic, security passes, seating arrangements, decoration, commentators, illumination of offices, power and water supply, sanitation, medical facilities and invitation cards.
The Div Com was accompanied by DIG BSF, DC Srinagar, Commissioner SMC, Director, Education, Floriculture, H&P, RTO Kashmir, Chief Engineers from R&B, PHE, SSP Srinagar, SSP Security, SSP Traffic, Joint Director Information & PR Kashmir and representatives from concerned departments.