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Divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today convened a meeting to review disaster management preparedness in Kashmir division including Leh and Kargil.

Additional commissioner Kashmir, deputy commissioner Srinagar, director school education, commissioner SMC, director urban local bodies, director disaster management, chief engineer UEED, superintending engineers and executive engineers from R&B, PDD, PHE, I&FC, deputy director CS&CA, SSP telecom, SSP traffic, joint director fire & emergency services, SP control room, deputy commandant SDRF, deputy director planning, assistant commissioner revenue and other officers concerned attended the meeting

The deputy commissioners of other Valley districts and Leh and Kargil participated in the meeting through video conferencing. 

The meeting was informed that Rs 3 crore have been released to all deputy commissioners for procurement of blankets and other necessary items while as satellite phones are being installed in Srinagar, Pulwama, and Budgam for communication purposes in case of emergency situations.

On the occasion, the divisional commissioner directed the deputy commissioners to prepare an inventory of resources including men, machinery, and boats available from every department in their respective districts with location of control room and details of village level committees within two days, an official statement said. 

He also directed them to identify 300 volunteers for disaster management training in their respective districts. 

All the DCs were directed to identify locations for helipads, where helicopters can land in case of any eventuality for necessary evacuation and relief purposes. 

Khan directed mechanical, health, PHE, SMC, R&B, PDD, I&FC, SDRF, fire & emergency services and other departments concerned to provide information like details of dewatering pumps, number of doctors, ambulances, paramedical staff, water tankers, and total water supply schemes.

Information was also sought about NGOs working for disaster management, food, gas and kerosene stock, district wise food stores, fair weather road information, availability of gensets, sand bags, regulating traffic in adverse weather conditions and details of volunteers by August 14 “so that a comprehensive plan is formulated accordingly which will be presented before the Chief Minister on August 16, 2017.” 

The meeting also discussed the preparedness to deal with possible adverse weather eventualities.  GKNN