DB directives in PIL for preparedness against earthquakes


JAMMU, Oct 10: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Kirpal Chand seeking direction to State to constitute a committee under the Chairman ship of Chief Secretary with members of concerned fields to review the preparedness of the state Government with regard to the earth quake and to carry out all the process.
A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta directed directed to ensure that periodical Disaster Management drill should be conducted so that all the stake holders are kept on alert /mode to face any type of natural disaster.
In the PIL it has been submitted that some days back new have appeared in the press that our state has become vulnerable to earthquake of abnormal magnitude and may cause huge loss to life and property and this news has cause lot of concern to all the residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and earthquakes are one of the worst natural disasters which have caused destruction of human life and property in the history of mankind. Their gravity is further compounded as their occurrence is unpredictable and with all the advancement in science, we are still groping in the darkness regarding the time of their occurrence. Earthquake do occur either due to volaconic eruptions or they occur due to the movements of plates of crust of the earth. The plates of the Earth are in constant motion, sliding past one another and bumping into each other. These tectonic plate boundaries are made up of many faults and most of the earthquakes occur on these faults. Since the edges of the plates keeps moving, finally, when the plate has moved for enough, the edges unstrick on one of the faults and there is an earthquake. keeping in view the vulnerability to earth quakes, out country is divided into four zones. Accordingly Disaster and Hazard profile of J&K, Drawn by department of Ecology Environment and Remote sensing Govt of J&K, our state falls in the most
vulnerable zones, Zone-IV and Zone-V. The Kashmir valley falls more or less in Zone-V and Ladakh region and Jammu region fall in zone-IV.
Division Bench today observed that this writ petition has been filed contending that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is a earthquake prone area, therefore, sufficient directions should be issued to the State Government to get itself prepared to face eventualities
consequent to natural calamities like earthquake, flood etc. JNF

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