Chief Secretary reviews flood preparedness

Directs proactive measures to augment preparation, response
Chief Secretary reviews flood preparedness

Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam Monday chaired a meeting to review flood preparation and response mechanism in place in Kashmir.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Secretary stressed on maintaining fool proof preparation and effective response mechanism to deal with any eventuality that may arise due to a flood like situation.

In this regard, he called upon divisional administration to devise flood management and mitigation plans immediately.

The Chief Secretary also impressed upon the officers to take proactive measures to augment effective flood preparation and response and ensure that works were completed in time for prompt flood response.

He gave directions on raising of embankments at all vulnerable spots, dredging of flood channels and stocking of sand bags, besides making proper arrangements to mobilise men and machinery in time of any exigency.

The Chief Secretary asked the officers to strengthen the flood control room and properly equip it for prompt relief and rescue operations.

While reviewing pace of execution of flood management related works, the Chief Secretary directed timely completion of work on Sharief-abad and Naidkhai bridges.

Regarding rescue and relief measures, he directed the officials to increase intake capacity of evacuation centres, rescue shelters and ensure availability of tents, standby power, fuel, and essential supplies including ration, drinking water, masks, sanitizers and personal hygiene facilities.

The SMC was directed to conduct a cleanliness drive in entire city for immediate de-clogging of all drains, besides installing solar powered high mast lights in all flood prone areas for hassle-free evacuation during floods.

The SDRF was instructed to ensure training of personnel for prompt response during floods.

"Rescue teams should be in high level of preparedness through regular mock drills and duty rosters of officials should be prepared beforehand," the Chief Secretary said.

Regarding protection of important installations like telephone exchanges, instructions were issued for relocation of critical equipment and technical infrastructure so as to ensure uninterrupted mobile connectivity during flood like exigencies.

The Chief Secretary directed use of advance warning system for issuing weather alerts and disseminating evacuation and flood related information through Radio/TV.

The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Chief Engineer I&FC; Director Metrology Department; Joint Commissioner, SMC; ADC Srinagar and officers of other departments.

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