The special bench of high court comprising justice AK Shrivastava and justice BD Rathi, while hearing the PIL on rescue operations in Uttarakhand, issued certain directions to the agencies of state and Central governments.
The court directed the state government for continuous display of helpline numbers for 15 days in all important newspapers and satellite channels.
It also directed to upload necessary information on the state government’s official website related to rescue and relief operation.
Chief secretaries of all states and the unions have been directed to submit progress report of the rescue and relief measures being undertaken by their respective state governments.
Assistant solicitor general Ankur Modi, who represented the Central government including National Disaster Management Authority, has been asked to furnish affidavit by senior official in the Centre giving detailed information on relief and rescue work till date.
Additional advocate general MPS Raghuvanshi represented the case on behalf of state government.
Raghuvanshi said the state government has tied up with Jolley Grant Medical College in Dehradun and another medical centre run by Baba Ramdev to provide medical assistance to victims.
Two field officials of revenue department Ramniwas and Banwaria have been deployed to take stock of situation. The government has engaged Boeing 747 and helicopter ambulance service for airlifting the stranded pilgrims.
Meanwhile, petitioner KL Tiwari said we are also contemplating to make big religious trusts operating in Uttarakhand a party in the matter.
These trusts must set an example by donating money, which they amassed from devotees, towards humanity and public welfare.
The court has fixed the next date for hearing on Friday.