Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu chaired a meeting here today to review the prevailing disaster-like situation in the state. He said that a 157 percent surge in rainfall over the past four days has resulted in extensive damage across the entire state. The Chief Minister emphasized that the state government is fully committed to expediting restoration efforts on a priority basis. He said that around 400 out of a total of 1220 blocked roads have been restored to functionality. He issued directives to swiftly reinstate the electricity and water schemes that have been adversely affected.
He said that in the urban expanse of Shimla, torrential rains have led to the uprooting of more than 500 trees, posing potential challenges for local residents. To alleviate these concerns, the Forest Department was directed to swift and proper disposal of the fallen trees. Adequate manpower should be deployed to ensure efficient execution of this task, he said.
The Chief Minister stressed the reinforcement of drainage systems and restoration of old drains in Shimla. A detailed project report will be compiled in this regard. Additionally, a high-powered committee from the Public Works Department will oversee drainage and cross-drainage inspections, he said.
Recognizing the importance of addressing waste management, the Chief Minister underlined the necessity of proper muck disposal in urban areas across the state. Further, he directed to prepare plans for comprehensive structural engineering initiatives, emphasizing a holistic approach to future construction projects.
Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Bharat Khera, Principal Secretary Devesh Kumar, Secretary Home Dr. Abhishek Jain, Director SDMA DC Rana, ADGP Satwant Atwal and other senior officers were present in the meeting.