Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today presided over the meeting with the senior officer of the state government to review the situation arisen due to heavy rains in the state.The Chief Minister directed the officer to deploy adequate man and machinery at landslide prone areas along national highway and state highways so that the commuters did not face any difficulty. He said that steps should be taken to regulate traffic particularly on national highways and other busy roads. He directed the Public Works department to press in more machinery to restore all the roads affected due to landslides at the earliest.He directed the IPH department to immediately restore water supply schemes so that people does not face any difficulty. He also directed the State Electricity Board Ltd. to ensure immediately restoration of power supply. He said that the State Government has today released Rs. 96.50 crore for relief, restoration and rehabilitation works. He said that the State has suffered a loss of Rs. 775 crore in the State due to heavy rains. He said that till date the State Government has released Rs. 229 crore for restoration works.
Jai Ram Thakur said that adequate supply of essential commodities would be ensured and directed the officers to immediately remove unsafe trees so as to avoid loss to life and property. He said that all the schools in the State would remain closed tomorrow due to heavy rains. He said that toll free no. 1077 has been established so that information prediction regarding damages due to rains could be provided.Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure that transportation of apple was not effected due to roads blockage. He directed the officers of PWD to ensure immediate restoration of roads damaged due to rains in apple growing areas. Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretaries Dr. Shrikant Baldi and Manisha Nanda, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amit Kashyap, Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management D.C Rana and other senior officers of various departments attended the meeting.