The newest Chamoli cloud burst accident dominated the third day of the Uttarakhand Price range Session on Wednesday with the Chief of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh elevating the issue of disaster administration, demanding a whole protection for disaster administration, along with an early warning system for disaster.
First, Congress MLAs staged a sit-in on the doorway of the Home in Gharsain, holding placards in opposition to the federal authorities on Monday’s lathi-charge incident on which it had staged a walkout and sit-in protest on Tuesday as successfully. Villagers of the Ghat house have been agitating for the ultimate two months in assist of their demand for the widening of Nandprayag-Ghat motor road.
The protest took an ugly flip when the agitators walked as a lot because the Meeting, solely to be stopped by the police which resorted to lathi-charge. Water cannons had been moreover used to cease agitators from reaching the Vidhan Sabha setting up.
Whereas the Congress has been elevating the issue inside the Home for two days now, its MLAs moreover questioned the federal authorities on the Chamoli cloud burst and as well as the steps being taken to ensure such a disaster is handled larger if it recurs.
Congress MLAs raised the issue by transferring an adjournment motion on the similar as rapidly as a result of the Home commenced on Wednesday. It was, nonetheless, taken up for debate by the Speaker in Zero Hour.
Hridayesh said, “Being a disaster-prone state, many lives have been misplaced in pure disasters reminiscent of floods, landslide, flash floods, and earthquake. Not too long ago, the state confronted the Chamoli catastrophe wherein many individuals died after being trapped within the tunnel. Earlier than that, the nation was shaken by the 2013 Kedarnath tragedy. Contemplating all these, the federal government ought to seek the advice of specialists and body a complete catastrophe administration coverage together with an early warning system on the catastrophe in order that lives aren’t misplaced.”
She moreover cited the strategic significance of the border areas of the state. “The federal government ought to take environment friendly steps for catastrophe administration within the border areas in order to stop migration of residents from there as it will be important from a strategic and safety standpoint to make the residents keep there.”
One other Congress MLA from Ranikhet, Karan Mahra, questioned the federal authorities on assets required for coping with such disasters. “Within the Chamoli catastrophe, it was learnt that many individuals died within the tunnel after about 5 days because of lack of oxygen inside. If there was correct gear to provide oxygen there, these lives might have been saved. The federal government ought to scan such gear being utilized in different international locations and procure them for higher catastrophe administration,” said Mahra.
Congress MLA from Dharchula, Harish Dhami, cited flash floods and landslide in his constituency closing yr by which 21 people died and accused the federal authorities of “not doing sufficient for the catastrophe victims together with rehabilitation and offering compensation”.
Replying to the Opposition, parliamentary affairs minister Madan Kaushik spoke regarding the quite a few steps being taken on disaster administration, along with “forming a committee comprising scientists on February 22 within the aftermath of Chamoli catastrophe to supply solutions to deal with disasters in a greater means”.
“The federal government is engaged on an early warning system for disasters, however it could take a while as it isn’t a simple course of and desires a number of analyses,” he said.
“The federal government will set up a second Doppler radar within the state, and climate warning gear in 176 locations. As many as 839 households from 395 catastrophe inclined villages have been rehabilitated since 2013 Kedarnath tragedy,” he said.
Whereas Kaushik was nonetheless speaking, Congress MLAs Dhami and Rajkumar staged a walkout citing the federal authorities reply as “unsatisfactory.”
The Home moreover tabled two modification funds related to providing land possession rights to girls and completely different related to the Panchayati Raj system inside the state.