Govt releases additional Rs 100cr reach for J

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Sep 16, 2014 19:12 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday placed Rs 100 crore each at the disposal of divisional commissioners of the state for temporary restoration of infrastructure.

An official spokesperson said the grant was in addition to the already released `100 crore each for Jammu and Kashmir divisions.

The spokesperson said the multi-disciplinary teams constituted to assess the flood losses were working actively and dewatering pumps had been installed at various places to drain out stagnant flood water from the Srinagar city.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah has directed for close coordination between critical departments of Srinagar municipal corporation (SMC), flood control, urban environmental engineering department (UEED), Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and Fire and Emergency Services for ensuring speedy relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.

He also directed to go for even controlled cuts to drain out the stagnant water, besides deploying maximum dewatering pumps.

The chief minister asked the chief secretary to streamline the mechanism of loss assessment. He appealed to the insurance companies to depute their teams immediately to the flood affected areas to settle the claims.

It was informed that 100 tonnes of food grains have been supplied to Srinagar and Budgam districts during the last two days by the consumer affairs and public distribution (CAPD), besides 400 tonnes and 150 tonnes food grains have been distributed in Anantnag, Pulwama and adjoining areas, respectively.

About 162 LPG trucks have also been made available in Srinagar and adjacent areas in the last two days and work is on to replenish the petrol supply in the Valley.

The spokesperson said nearly 40 lakh chlorine tablets had reached the Valley and the chief minister directed that these tablets should be distributed along with the relief material through CAPD, National Dissater Response Force (NDRF) and other teams among all places. Likewise, nine lakh chlorine tablets had already been distributed in the flood affected areas.

The meeting was apprised that Bone and Joint Hospital, Barzulla, Rainwara Hospital and SKIMS, Soura, have resumed their functioning. The SKIMS, Bermina, which has been inundated, will be made partially functional in a couple of days after draining out the water for which efforts have already been started.

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