Artificial flood in Guwahati to be tackled on war footing
The Kamrup (Metro) district administration has begun preparing a contingency plan to tackle flood ahead of the monsoon.
Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner, Virendra Mittal said, “All the officials have to work responsibly to tackle artificial floods in Guwahati.”
The deputy commissioner (DC) met all the stake holders of the city recently and has directed them to complete all the flood control work on a war footing.
The circle officers have been directed to constitute circle level disaster management committees and prepare contingency plans for the flood season in the respective circles.
The ward councillors, area sabha members and nagrik committees have been directed to meet on a weekly basis and raise the issues of the wards at the concerned offices.
The DC has also decided to create a control room where there will be roaster duties allotted to the officials of police, Assam Power Distribution Corporation Ltd (APDCL), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), water resource department, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and the forest department.
The health department has been directed to maintain adequate stock of medicines for affected people during floods and teams including doctors, nurses and paramedics for all the revenue circles.
This apart, the forest department has been asked to prune over-hanging branches of trees to avoid accidents. The inland water transport department will prepare resource inventory of boats and ferries and their locations list will be submitted to the administration.
The social welfare department has been asked to train the anganwadi workers so that they can conduct awareness programmes on sanitation among the people of flood affected areas before the monsoon season.
The social welfare department has been asked to conduct a survey on probable requirements of baby foods during flood and submit a report to the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) at the earliest. The veterinary department will identify highlands for shifting of cattle during floods.
Artificial flood to be tackled on war footing
Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner, Virendra Mittal, said that artificial flood in Guwahati will be tackled on war footing through coordination among all the departments.
Government departments will identify vulnerable flood-prone areas in the city for better handling of the situation during the monsoon.
The water resources department will identify all vulnerable points of the embankments in Guwahati and begin repair work wherever necessary. All materials needed for such schemes would be stocked in advance to meet all exigencies.
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) will submit the list of dewatering pumps with locations in different flood-prone areas with the details of name and contact numbers of pump operators to the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
The Assam Power Distribution Corporation Limited (APDCL) will identify all transformers, high tension and low tension wires located in vulnerable areas and take necessary measures to restore them to prevent accidents.
The Public Works Department (PWD) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) are expected to repair and restore all vulnerable damaged roads, bridges and culverts and submit a detailed action taken report to the deputy commissioner.
Both the departments have been instructed to prepare plans for repairing flood damaged roads before the monsoon season.
The inspector of schools will identify all the schools and educational institutes vulnerable to flood and storm. The inspector will also prepare a detailed plan of action for the vulnerable institutions for the security of the students as well for uninterrupted study of students.