DB directives in PIL for preparedness against earthquakes

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[ June 17, 2017 ] Jammu: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Kirpal Chand seeking direction to State to constitute a committee under the Chairmen 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 Alok Aradhe and Justice Sanjeev Kumar observed that in compliance of the order dated 22.05.2017, Mr. Aamir Ali, Director, Disaster Management is present before this Court. He has also filed the status report in compliance of the directions contained in the order dated 11.04.2017.Division Bench perused the status report filed on behalf of Director, Disaster Management. From perusal of the status report, it is evident that District Disaster Management Plan is in place in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. At this stage, learned counsel for the petitioner submits that Interim Emergency Operation Center has only been established at Srinagar and in none of the places in rest of the State. It is, further, submitted that the bye-laws in respect of hilly areas in Jammu Division have not been amended so as to bring them in consonance with the requirement contained in National Building Code.Division Bench after hearing both the sides granted time to indicate the time-frame within which the aforesaid requirement shall be complied with. In the meanwhile, it will be open to ASGI to comply with the directions contained in earlier order and also ordered that Personal appearance of Director, Disaster Management is dispensed with.