Rana seeks response over likely earthquake

Newspoint Bureau
Jammu Tawi, May 22
Underlining the need for strengthening disaster management mechanism in the Jammu region, Provincial President National Conference Mr Devender Singh Rana on Sunday urged the government to come out with a detailed response to the US Report on likely earthquake in the wake of fault line in Reasi developing pressure for some time now.
“A scary psychosis is prevailing as the published report fears 8.0 or greater magnitude earthquake, having potential to impact 1.5 million population of the Jammu city besides 700000 in Reasi belt”, Mr Rana said while participating in discussions in the Jammu District Development Board meeting.
He said unprecedented panic has gripped in the city and its peripheries and therefore the government must spell out measures in order to instill confidence in general public
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, who presided over the meeting, appreciated the concern and asked the Chief Secretary to have an expert team constituted to study the report and suggest necessary measures to meet any exigency.
Rana, who represents Nagrota in the Legislative Assembly, elaborately discussed various issues confronted to the people in respect of development and other utility services.
Referring to difficulties being faced by people dwelling near army establishments with regard to new constructions and renovation of their houses, Mr Rana asked the State Government to take up this issue with the Centre for reviewing the prevailing guidelines and working out modalities to have hassle free permissions granted by appropriate authorities. “Till such a mechanism is devised, the Deputy Commissioner Jammu be asked to coordinate with the army and have the problems of residents living near Kanyala and Ban Ammunition Depots and other areas adjoining the Army in the Nagrota Assembly Constituency resolved amicably”, he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister asked the District Development Commissioner to look into the matter earnestly.
Rana also called for development of Nagrota and its inclusion as Institutional-Business district in the Jammu Master Plan.
Focusing on development of the Constituency, the MLA sought upgradation of Nagrota-Nomai via Chibba-Marh and Bamyal via Devi Mai Bridge as an heritage road for the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. “For this a bridge on Devi Mai is imperative”, he said.
Principal Secretary Public Works Department informed the meeting that an exhaustive plan involving Rs 66 crore is being submitted to the Centre for funding in this regard.

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