Kulgam a newly created District came into existence after being carved out from District Anantnag in the year 2007. Administratively it became fully functional with effect from 2nd April, 2007.Kulgam is known for a religious saint (Syed Simnan Sahib), who gave it the name “Kulgam” (“Kul” means “clan” in Sanskrit; “gram” in Sanskrit means “village”), because he lost something in the stream. Syed Simnan came from a place called Simnan in Iran. Travelling in the Kashmir valley, he came to Kulgam and liked the spot on a cliff overlooking the river Veshaw. NallahVeshaw which drains most of the northern face of Pir-Panchal is the main left bank tributary of river Jhelum and traverses through District Kulgam. Before confluence of Veshaw with the Jhelum it gets broken off into a number of channels providing drinking water facilities and irrigation to huge tracts of the land of the District. Kulgam a picturesque town at 33°38’24” N 75°01’12” E nestled in the lap of Pir-Panchal Range.This town is on the bank of river Veshaw across the spread of which are the foothills of the Pir-Panchal mountains. Ahrabal has meadows and a waterfall. It has its origin from a spring called KounserNaag located in the mountain range of peer panjaal
Kulgam is an important place in south Kashmir. Kulgam connects, and its boundaries touch, all the three districts Shopian, Pulwama, and Anantnag of south Kashmir. The topography of Kulgam is scenic, and it is surrounded on all sides by small streams orchards; paddy farms and a scenic Kerwaha with a big portion of plan area and fields.
Kulgam is also known for its production of Rice as well as Apples. It is also called as the “Rice Bowl of Kashmir”
The purpose of the District Disaster Management Action Plan is to ensure coordination among various departments and agencies of the Government and other agencies expected to participate in the Disaster Management. The Plan provides for arrangements, roles and responsibilities of various agencies associated with Disaster Management activities. Its other purposes are :-
- To ascertain the status of existing resources and facilities available with the Government Departments and other various agencies in the management of disaster and set up a system of coordination at the District Level.
- Assess their adequacies and shortfalls if any in providing response to the Disasters.
- Suggest hazard-specific preparedness, response and mitigation resources.
- Suggest dependable mechanism, technological support, up gradation of information system and data management for improving the quality of administrative response to disasters at District Level.
- To make District Disaster Management Plan as an effective response mechanism as well as policy and planning.
- To provide precise actions, procedures and responsibilities well in advance in order to ensure timely response in case of Disasters.