Union Cabinet Secretary chairs NCMC meeting on Phuktal River Blockage



JAMMU: The Union Cabinet Secretary today chaired the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to discuss the report on the Phuktal River blockage, submitted by the expert team of the NDMA, that conducted ground survey of the site, where artificial lake has been created on the river, due to a massive landslide.

Chief Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary, Planning and Development B. R. Sharma, Commissioner Secretary Irrigation & Flood Control Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Vinod Koul, Deputy Commissioner Kargil and other state government officers participated in the meeting via video conferencing.

Actionable solutions in view of the report submitted by the NDMA expert team were discussed by the Committee.

The Committee decided that an expert team will be deployed to the site to explore possibility of carrying out controlled blasting and manual work, to allow channelized flow of water.

NDMA as the Nodal Agency will coordinate the whole operation in tandem with other Ministries including Home and Defence.

Action Plan for evacuating people to safety, which are likely to be affected due to the operation, has already been finalized and District Administration has made arrangements for their temporary accommodation.

Meanwhile, constant aerial/satellite monitoring of the site is being done and data collected on daily/hourly basis.

The expert team to be deployed for the operation will be equipped with satellite phones and other assets for hassle free communication and operation.

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