Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amit Kashyap on Wednesday reviewed the preparedness of various departments and action plan for effective disaster management during the anticipated snowfall.

Kashyap said all Sub-Divisional Magistrates have been asked to get regular updates on restoration of roads, electricity, water supply, and essential services from the concerned departments so that people do not face any inconvenience during the snowfall.

He said a control room has already been established in the District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC).

Citizens are encouraged to call on the Shimla helpline number 1077 for sharing information between line departments and in case of an emergency.

He said that PWD and NH have already deployed their machinery at various spots for quick restoration of roads after a snowfall.

An adequate supply of essential commodities is maintained in the entire district. The Public Works Department and Municipal Corporation Shimla have been directed to spread sand on risky portions of roads to minimize the chances of any mishap or accident.

Kashyap said Shimla town has been divided into five sectors with respect to the anticipated snowfall for effective disaster management and sector-wise responsibilities have been fixed with the officers from concerned departments.

He said that mock drill with fire tenders and quick response vehicles would be conducted jointly by Fire Services Department and Police Department on different roads of Shimla City as part of preparedness to tackle any emergency during the incident of fire.

“The administration has also identified various priority roads for clearance during the snowfall. Issues regarding the supply of essential commodities, services of the health department, supply of milk and milk products, connectivity services by BSNL, and management of traffic were also discussed in the meeting,” he added.