Open Leh-Manali Highway in 3 days: Omar to BRO
Leh, Aug 9: In his second visit to Ladakh since Friday, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today directed the Border Roads Organisation to clear the Manali-Leh highway within next three days and asked the officials engaged in relief work to ensure that procedural formalities do not delay the operation.
The highway which got swept away by flash floods triggered by a cloudburst on Friday is one of the two road links between the 'cold desert' and other parts.
Omar who reached here this morning, second time since cloudburst and flash floods hit the region on Friday night, asked the officials to ensure quick restoration of public services and rehabilitation of the affected families in Leh and nearby areas.
Omar who was accompanied by a team of administrative secretaries, heads of the departments and Chief Engineers, visited various places in Leh town and its periphery to assess the requirements for restoration of utility services.
He reviewed the supply of essential commodities including petroleum products and directed the IOC authorities to ensure full supply of fuel to the public service rendering departments to enable them to reach out to the people in the affected areas.
The government will bear the cost of the fuel, he added.
He authorised the Commissioner and Secretary Planning and Development Departments, who is also the Administrative Secretary for Ladakh Affairs, to release the necessary funds wherever required for restoring essential services in the areas hit by the cloudburst and torrential rains.
Omar later met the BRO Chief Engineer and directed him to clear the Leh-Manali Highway within three days. He was informed that Kargil-Leh portion may take some more time as several bridges got washed away in the floods.
The Chief Minister has also instructed the ministers of his cabinet to avoid visiting the affected areas as it will divert attention from the ongoing relief works.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 9 Aug 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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