Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhoo Chairs Meeting to Review Current Disaster Situation in the State

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhoo Chairs Meeting to Review Current Disaster Situation in the State

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhoo chaired a meeting on Tuesday to assess the ongoing disaster situation in the state. He stated that due to a 157% increase in rainfall over the past four days, significant damage has occurred throughout the state. The government’s top priority is to expedite recovery efforts and restore normalcy. Approximately 400 out of 1220 roads have been cleared. He directed the authorities to work on a war footing to restore power and water supply projects.

Closure of Educational Institutions in Shimla and Mandi, Technical Institutions Statewide

In light of the current conditions, the Chief Minister announced the closure of all schools and colleges in Shimla and Mandi for the next two days. Additionally, all technical education institutions, including engineering, pharmacy, polytechnic colleges, and ITIs (both private and government) across Himachal Pradesh, will remain closed on August 16. Chief Minister Sukhoo revealed that over 500 trees have fallen due to the recent heavy rains in the urban areas of Shimla, causing various inconveniences for the locals. He instructed the Forest Department to take swift action in handling fallen trees.

Emphasis on Infrastructure Improvement

The Chief Minister emphasized strengthening drainage systems and restoring old drains in Shimla. A detailed project report will be prepared for this purpose. Furthermore, a high-level committee from the Public Works Department will inspect drainage and cross-drainage systems. Sukhoo also stressed the need for efficient waste management in urban areas and instructed the implementation of comprehensive engineering initiatives for future construction projects.

Top Officials Attend Meeting

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Bharat Kheda, Principal Secretary Devesh Kumar, Secretary of Home Affairs Dr. Abhishek Jain, Deputy Commissioner Rana of SDMA, ADGP Satvant Atwal, and other senior officials.

Air Lift Efforts with Chinook Helicopter

Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force reported that a Chinook helicopter from Western Air Command conducted an airlift operation to rescue 18 Indian Army personnel and transport a 3-ton mini dozer to the disaster-affected areas near Shimla due to landslides.

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