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JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta on Tuesday directed to conduct periodical disaster management drills to ensure that stakeholders are kept on alert mode to face any type of natural disaster.
The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Kirpal Chand seeking direction to State to constitute a committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary with members of concerned fields to review the preparedness of the State Government against earthquakes. In the PIL, it has been submitted that some days back news was appeared in the press that J&K has become vulnerable to earthquake of abnormal magnitude causing lot of concern among residents. Keeping in view the vulnerability to earthquakes, our country is divided into four zones. Accordingly disaster and hazard profile of J&K, drawn by Department of Ecology Environment and Remote Sensing Government of J&K, our state falls in the most vulnerable zones, Zone-IV and Zone-V. The Kashmir valley falls more or less in Zone-V and Ladakh and Jammu regions fall in zone-IV.
The DB also observed that PIL has sought sufficient directions for the State Government to get itself prepared for facing eventualities consequent to natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, etc.
Division Bench further observed that response has been filed by Ehsan Mirza Deputy Advocate General by submitting copies of various management plans and policies which govern the implementation of disaster management in the case of natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, etc. “Copy of State Disaster Management Plan-2015 and copy of State Disaster Management Policy-2012 have also been enclosed as Annexure R and R-1 with the response. Copy of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (Building) Bye Laws 2011 and Copy of Jammu Municipal Corporation (Building) Bye Laws 2011 have also been enclosed”, the court observed.
Division Bench further observed that on the basis of these documents, the Dy.AG pointed out that the State is having a detailed plan for management of disasters and any lapse on the part of any official is also being seriously looked into by the Government.
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