Review meeting held to discuss weather conditions due to heavy rainfall

Chandigarh, 24th September, 2018:

Keeping in view the prevailing weather conditions, a review meeting was called by Home Secretary, UT, Chandigarh which was attended by the Secretary Education,  SSP, Chandigarh, SSP, Security & Traffic, Chandigarh, Director Public Relations, Chief Engineer U.T Chandigarh and  Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation to assess the situation.

As per the weather forecast by the National Weather Forecasting Centre, there will be a significant reduction in rainfall from tomorrow onwards in the Tricity but heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya, South Interior Karnatak & Kerala.

A detailed review was done regarding the precautionary measures taken by the various departments to keep track of the situation. The Engineering Department of Administration and Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh was given directions to tackle the problem of potholes, water logging and trees that have fallen on an urgent basis. The Police Department was instructed to deploy more police personnels to regulate traffic lights and manage high volume of traffic during peak hours and heavy rains.

The water gates of Sukhna Lake were opened today after a decade as the water level crossed over the danger mark due to the heavy rain in the catchment area. It is after 10 years that the water level in the reservoir has reached its highest level mark of 1,163 feet. The Engineering Department is constantly watching the water level and once it decreases, the gates are likely to be closed again tonight. The Chandigarh Administration had issued a warning -cum-advisory before opening the gates. The Disaster Management team has also been asked to remain on vigil and monitor the situation constantly.

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