More Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) should be set up in the state to obtain real-time data related to weather forecasts, which would further help in taking apposite measures, well within time. Chief Minister, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while presiding over a high-level meeting held here late Wednesday evening, directed the concerned departments to take appropriate steps to increase the number of AWS and stressed setting up a weather observatory center in the state.
Effective steps should be taken to fortify the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and it should be provided updated equipment and technology to deal with emergent situations, said he, adding that more hi-tech machinery to lift heavy structures and cutting heavy bar enforcements were required to save the lives trapped underneath in case of any mishap as witnessed in the capital recently.
The Chief Minister said that due to heavy rains, a large number of trees were uprooted in different areas of the state, adding that cutting and disposal of these trees and logs should be ensured properly. He also emphasized afforestation drives after normalcy returns. In the situation of road blockades in Kullu district, Sh. Sukhu directed the authorities to make arrangements for a standby helicopter to airlift the critically ill patients. He also sought information from the officers about the relief and rescue works being carried out in different areas of the state and directed them to provide all possible help to the disaster-affected people.
Chief Secretary Prabodh Saxena, Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and other senior officers attended the meeting