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Preparing for the monsoon: Officials of the Madikeri CMC monitoring the removal of silt from open drains on Wednesday.
Preparing for the monsoon: Officials of the Madikeri CMC monitoring the removal of silt from open drains on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

Army personnel to help the Kodagu district administration during the monsoon

Vigil to be kept over areas affected the most last year

Drains being cleared of silt in Madikeri

Madikeri: Kodagu Deputy Commissioner M.K. Baladevakrishna has called upon officials of all departments to exercise vigil in tackling rain-related calamities likely to occur during the monsoon that is gradually setting in the district.

He was presiding over a preliminary meeting to chalk out precautionary measures to be taken in the district, a press release said here on Wednesday.

For the first time, 10 Army personnel would be available to assist the district administration during this monsoon, Mr. Baladevakrishna announced.

The team is being led by Capt. Sharawat. He asked Assistant Commissioner Akram Pasha to constitute special squads to tackle natural calamities in Kodagu. A special vigil would be kept over the areas that were affected the most during the previous monsoon.

Mr. Baladevakrishna asked the officials to identify the flood-prone areas and put up warning signals to prevent loss of lives and property. Some of the vulnerable areas in the district were Siddapur, Nellihudikeri, Karadigodu, Gonicoppa, Dubare, a few localities in Madikeri (where landslips occur), Bhagamandala, Aiyyangeri, Napoklu, Guhya, Betri and others.

Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Harihar and the Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat A.S. Ramachandrappa called upon the officials to take steps to open rehabilitation centres in those areas and shift people in the event of floods.

The process of removing silt from the huge open drains in the city began on Tuesday. Excavators removed silt collected in the drains starting from the LIC bridge in the city. Silt-removal works were monitored by the Works Committee chairman of the Madikeri City Municipal Council Unnikrishnan and other councillors on Wednesday.

Mr. Baladevakrishna asked the Transport Department officials to ensure that all vehicles were kept in order.

He instructed the zilla panchayat officials to coordinate with the police department in disaster management. Chief Officers of the town panchayats should maintain continuous vigil in their jurisdictions to take steps to clear clogged drainages and clear garbage, he said.

Importantly, Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) and BSNL authorities should monitor the efficient functioning of the services, Mr. Baladevakrishna said.

The Panchayat Raj Engineering wing and the PWD officials were told to remove debris in the event of landslips to make way for smooth flow of traffic and storm water.

List

At the taluk levels, tahsildars, taluk executive officers, revenue inspectors, village accountants and secretaries of the gram panchayats would have to coordinate efforts to tackle problems. They were told to prepare a list of the vulnerable areas and provide them to the district administration by Friday. Those officials would have to feed regular information to the central helpline at the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on the rain situation, Mr. Baladevakrishna said.

He asked the Fire and Emergency Services and Home Guards to submit a list of items needed such as life jackets, ropes, boats, searchlights and others needed to ferry people during floods. A team at each gram panchayat level would be constituted and a sum of Rs. 5,000 provided to each team to take up relief works on an emergency basis, Mr. Baladevakrishna said.

K.T. Baby Mathew, District Scouts and Guides Commissioner, and officials from various departments gave suggestions to the Deputy Commissioner.

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