Workshop on disaster management plan held

Annual allocations ranging between Rs.11-crore and Rs.15-crore will be granted for the coming three years under the 13{+t}{+h}Finance Commission towards disaster management equipment, GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu said here on Saturday.

Already, Rs.7.82-crore were sanctioned for the year 2011-12 for procurement of rescue tender, water tenders, multi-purpose fire tender, and monsoon management equipment.

An additional Rs.11.48-crore have been sanctioned for the current year, towards procurement of more equipment, he said, speaking at the Workshop on Disaster Management Plan held by the GHMC and attended by various other department heads.

Making a presentation on GHMC's initiatives towards disaster management, Mr.Krishna Babu expressed regret that the Draft Disaster Management Plan prepared by the corporation could not integrate other departments.

The plan includes institutional structures, incident command systems, alarm mechanisms, control room contacts, list of vulnerable localities, and standard operating procedures, the Commissioner said, and listed various measures initiated by the corporation such as establishment of Fire Prevention Wing and Emergency Operation Centre and control rooms, and ensuring adherence to the National Building Code.

Among the long term measures, he listed storm water drainage improvement at a cost of Rs.6,246-crore which includes de-silting of 700 kilometres of canal length.

Legislator and Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority M.Shashidhar Reddy shared the proposals to place two Disaster Response Teams permanently in Hyderabad, and to equip 50 police stations in Hyderabad and Cyberabad with Mobile Radiation Detection Systems. Hyderabad Emergency Exercise with respect to medical preparedness will be conducted in the city by the NDMA in association with the State Disaster Management Authority towards the end of the next month, he informed.

City Police Commissioner A.K.Khan drew attention to the unpreparedness of Police personnel while attending the disasters due to lack of training and equipment.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) C.V. Anand raised the issues of water logging and manholes and requested for additional sets of disaster management equipment from the GHMC.

Responding to the various issues raised by MLAs and MLCs, ranging from fire mishaps to monsoon inundations, Mr. Krishna Babu assured of action and said that a concrete action plan will be prepared within four to five months, which will serve as a ready reference in times of disaster management.