Sunday, 24 October 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
Continuing his tour of the state for the fifth consecutive day and remaining at ground zero, the chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Champawat and Pithoragarh districts on Saturday.
In Pithoragarh he met the affected families in the Dharchula area and distributed the cheques of compensation worth Rs 23 Lakhs. The CM also chaired a meeting with the district level officers at Tehsil headquarter of Dharchula and district headquarters. In the meeting he directed the officers to speed up the relief, rescue and reconstruction works.
Expressing grief on the deaths, the CM said that the state government is standing with the disaster affected families in this hour of crisis.
At Naini Saini airport’s rest house, Dhami took a department wise review of the district level officers. He said that the supply of food grains should be maintained in the affected areas and the road, power lines and drinking water supplies should be restored. Dhami said that a campaign to open the blocked roads should be undertaken on a war footing and additional equipment and machinery should be infused into service. He said that a deadline of November 7 has been taken to make the roads free from potholes.
Giving an account of the disaster and the steps undertaken by the district administration, the district magistrate of Pithoragarh Ashish Chauhan said that a total of 105 roads were blocked out of which 66 have been opened and soon remaining roads would also be opened. He said that 120 tourists stuck in high Himalayan regions have been safely evacuated. The DM informed that 87 out of 108 drinking water lines damaged in the disaster have been temporarily repaired and power supplies in most of the villages of the districts have been restored.
The cabinet minister Bishan Singh Chufal, disaster management minister Dhan Singh Rawat, MLAs Chandra Pant, Meena Gangola and others accompanied the CM in the visit.