Murree admin sets up control rooms, regulates entry amid snow alert

Rawalpindi district administration developed a plan to deal with any untoward situation that may arise during the upcoming rain and snowfall spell in Murree in the wake of two dozen deaths to a fierce overnight snowstorm in the popular hill station last week.

According to a press statement issued by his office, Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali, while presiding over a meeting to review the preparations, said a contingency plan has been finalised in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Despite the fact that natural disasters are outside of human control, we can reduce the rate of damage by implementing disaster management measures, he said.

According to the plan, during the spell, two dedicated control rooms will be established, which will remain active 24/7 to listen to complaints and ensure the tourists are provided with the necessary assistance as well as comprehensive guidance.

The control room will be established at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Rawalpindi as well as the Assistant Commissioner’s Office in Murree.

Focal persons from all concerned departments will carry out their duties at the nerve centre.

Snow removal and traffic management have been made top priorities in the new strategy. In addition, entry into Murree will be strictly regulated during this period, with no more than 8,000 vehicles permitted to enter the city.

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