Himachal Chief Secy, ET RealEstate

August 29, 2023

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh chief secretary Prabodh Saxena on Monday presided over a meeting with a team of officials constituted to review the preliminary assessment of damage caused by heavy rains in Shimla recently.

As per the preliminary assessment, reasons behind immense damage in the state capital were due to disposal of debris along the fragile slopes, unplanned drainage system and unscientific excavation of hills.

The chief secretary said Shimla received excess rainfall of 552.1 mm in August this year, as compared to 514.30 mm in August 2022.

He said that to reduce risks related to disasters, special attention should be paid to well-planned construction with proper drainage systems and safe disposal of muck excavated during construction. Unplanned buildings and diversion of waterways due to choked drains did the maximum damage, he said.

There should be an assessment of disaster sensitive areas of the state and emphasis should be laid on adopting and strictly implementing the model building rules in all urban and rural areas, said Saxena Measures related to safe construction of buildings in rural areas, regulating construction near rivulets, nullahs and on slopes with steep gradients, were discussed in detail.

Principal secretaries Onkar Chand Sharma and Devesh Kumar, director-cum-special secretary revenue D C Rana and other officers were at meeting.

  • Published On Aug 29, 2023 at 04:00 PM IST

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