ANDHRA PRADESH

Disaster management Act reality in six months

Mumbai has set up real time rain gauges



GHMC, NDMA hold workshop on ‘Urban flooding’

Response mechanism required to prevent loss of lives, property, says M. Sashidhar Reddy



HYDERABAD: The National Disaster Management Act will come into force in the next six months and according to it the Centre and States will have to come up with their own respective implementation plans, said NDMA member M. Sashidhar Reddy here on Tuesday.

“We are preparing the guidelines for disaster management mitigation plans for cyclones, floods, industrial and chemical mishaps after holding discussions with all the stakeholders concerned,” he said.

Urbanisation

Mr. Reddy was talking to presspersons after a day workshop was held on ‘Urban flooding’ jointly by GHMC and NDMA. Pointing out that urban floods was distinct from rural floods; he said with increased urbanisation, it was vital for every city to have a proper response mechanism to prevent large scale loss of lives and property.

“Hyderabad had experienced heavy flooding in the year 2000 but does not have it. The Government as well as the local body should take the initiative on this regard as development planning is very much part of disaster management,” he said.

Cities were centres for growth and any disruption due to natural or man made disaster would lead to a setback in economic growth. With urban population set to increase from the current 29 crore to 40 crore, it was essential to have an adequate response system during calamities, explained Mr. Reddy, also Sanatnagar MLA.

Regulation and enforcement issues of storm water drains, inter-agency coordinated work, protection of water bodies to serve as balancing reservoirs, solid waste disposal, etc., were needed.

Mumbai which was flooded in 2005 has for instance now set up real time rain gauges for better management of relief and rescue operations.

Similarly, on the east coast more than 50 Doppler radars were being set up for advance information on cyclones as against four such radars earlier.

Earlier, GHMC Commissioner C.V.S.K. Sarma, felt the need for a single window emergency response system in the city to attend to any emergency – natural or man made.

Water bodies should also be linked with storm water drains. The Forum for Sustainable Development’s J. Rama Rao said that constructions were allowed in water bodies against norms everywhere.