SRINAGAR: In a meeting held at Raj Bhavan early in the morning, Governor NN Vohra reviewed the situation arising from the increasing water levels of rivers Jhelum, Tawi and other major nallahs in both regions of Jammu and Kashmir.
BB Vyas and K Vijay Kumar, Advisors to Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; SP Vaid, DGP; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Raj Kumar Goyal, Principal Secretary Home; Basheer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; SP Pani, IGP Kashmir; M Raju, Commissioner PHE, Flood and Irrigation Department; Talat Parvez, Secretary Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction; and MM Shahnawaz, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, participated in the meeting.
The Governor directed the Chief Secretary to put in place a reliable communication system for senior officers who are at the helm for managing a flood situation. He directed Basheer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, to alert ground staff who would perform emergency duties.
The Secretary DMR&R was directed to mobilise all concerned persons who would be involved in Disaster Management and provide three daily reports on various parameters to enable close monitoring of the situation. Commissioner Flood and Irrigation Department was directed to inspect all the bunds in the flood-alert areas and immediately repair those which are prone to breach.
The Governor directed the administration to ensure timely weather alerts to all Amarnath Yatris and agencies involved in the conduct of the Yatra.
Governor NN Vohra also undertook an extended tour of Srinagar city and its outskirts on Saturday. He visited Boulevard Road, Hydraulic Gauge Centre of river Jhelum at Ram Munshi Bagh, Lasjan, and relief camps in Rawal Pora and Ram Bagh areas. He inspected the designated Relief Camps at the Tourism Department’s Community Centre Goripora, Government Boys Higher Secondary School Rawal Pora and the ERA Complex in the Shopping Complex building at Ram Bagh. Divisional Commissioner Khan explained the basic facilities being provided at these sites.
Governor instructed M Raju, Commissioner, PHE, Flood and Irrigation Department, to immediately ensure adequate availability of sand bags and other required materials for ensuring immediate repair of any breach in the Jhelum Bundh.