District Administration, Bandipora has approved Rs 60 Lakh plan proposal for providing safety equipment including protective gears, clothing, gloves, shoes, rain coats, protective jackets, helmets and essential items to 1210 field staff of various departments associated with delivery of essential services and disaster response system, an official spokesman said.
He said the plan was approved by the district development commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.
The DDC also directed for evolving community disaster management response system at the level of sub-divisional officers by pooling local resources. The meeting also approved provision of 4X4 vehicles to be kept at the disposal of health department for ferrying patients free of cost in wake any natural calamity like snowfall and attending to emergencies.
Meanwhile, 52 ambulances are being immediately equipped for operating during snowfall.
In view of latest weather advisory, the DC directed for positioning of snow clearance machines at all critical spots and pressing these into service as soon as snow starts to accumulate. He stressed on prioritizing snow-clearance from roads leading to important installations. The R&B was asked to work in close coordination with the other line departments.
The meeting was informed that all the departments have established control rooms for quickly responding to any alarming situation.