To inspect various developmental works going on in the recently earthquake hit area of Chenab Valley, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is on an extensive visit, on Tuesday visited quake affected areas of Bhaderwah, Ghat and Doda town along with Minister for R&B and Mechanical Engineering Abdul Majid Wani, to review the relief and rehabilitation measures.
As per a statement Azad has underlined the need of adopting advanced earthquake engineering technology in construction works including government as well as private constructions in the region. “This region is under seismic zone and the structures here must have the ability to sustain after earthquake exposures. The recent earthquake asks us to understand the gravity of the issue and adopt latest technology in the construction works so that loss of life and property could be minimized in any such natural calamity”, Azad said while adding that the structures which are made up of stiff and light weight material resists earthquake and are quite reliable and before going ahead with any construction plan the technical and professional advices must be taken.
Azad has said that best possible assistance and relief will be provided to the quake affected people in the region. He said assessment of damages of residential as well as government property is going on in the entire region by the teams deputed for conduct of survey at block level, tehsil and village level in the entire district.
The union minister has said all the affected families will be provided relief and help by the government so that they will get rehabilitated, for which coordinated efforts are being made by the State as well as Central Government. He also said that a team of National Disaster Management Authority New Delhi (NDMA) is also on job to assess the extent of damage in residential as well as government buildings.
Azad has also inspected various ongoing developmental works in Bhaderwah and directed the concerned executing agencies to expedite the pace of work for timely completion. And later he convened a meeting of officers in Bhaderwah and directed the District Administration to ensure coverage of all the affected people in the survey report so that clear picture goes to the government and the relief and assistance reaches to the deserving affected population.