Chandigarh:Haryana: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday reviewed the preparedness to control floods in the state and directed officials concerned to get the check dams desilted. He directed the Deputy Commissioners of Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar to immediately get the check dams desilted, which were constructed for storage of water in Shivalik area, an official release said.
Presiding over a meeting with officers, Divisional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners via video-conferencing here, Khattar said natural water bodies should also be desilted once a year. This would not only increase the storage capacity, but also recharge ground water. He also directed officials to take up all flood control works so that it is completed before the onset of monsoon.
As per whether forecast by the Meteorology Department, monsoon is expected in the last week of June. Stressing that all departments concerned should ensure better coordination for effective flood control measures and monitoring, Khattar directed officials to ensure that rivers flow smoothly during monsoon. He also emphasised on the need of an awareness campaign among the masses about floods, the release said, adding, the Chief Minister stressed on the need for building more reservoirs and asked the irrigation department to identify areas for construction of those and plan accordingly.
All Deputy Commissioners apprised Khattar that necessary arrangements for flood control have been made. As per the guidelines by the Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, flood control rooms have been set up in all districts from May 28, it said.
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