Monsoon preparedness meet held for North district in Mangan

Mangan, 09 May (IPR): A meeting on monsoon preparedness-cum-coordination organized by District Disaster Management Authority, North was held here at the conference hall of DAC in Mangan today.

The meeting was chaired by District Magistrate, North, Shri Raj Yadav, in the presence of Senior Superintendent of Police, North, Shri Kunzang Dorjee Shangderpa, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mangan, Shri Samdup Bhutia, heads of line departments and representatives of ITBP, NHPC, Teesta Urja Ltd. and GREF.

The sole aim of the meeting was to discuss the fundamental issues to combat the unforeseen disaster that may occur in the upcoming monsoon in the district and to prepare better coordination between line departments to deal with any post disasters.

During the meeting, DM, North, Shri Yadav, while briefing the house about the monsoon preparedness stated that in any emergency or disaster District Administrative Centre, Mangan will function as a control room where every concerned officials will assemble and shall proceed with disaster management plan.

For faster communication all concerned officers will be communicated through SMSs or WhatsApp and they shall act accordingly during course of any calamity. Further he directed the heads of department to submit their contact number to the DC office to update on WhatsApp group.

The Departmental Disaster Management Plan and GPU level Disaster Management Plan would be incorporated in the district level Disaster Management Plan for better co-ordination and DAC will add at least one proficient member of all GPU level disaster management plan of the district on DAC WhatsApp group for better coordination and communication during any disaster.

Prompt action and an immediate disbursement of ex-gratia shall be initiated to the affected person of natural calamities by the concerned department, he added.

Speaking on maintenance of road connectivity in the district, the DM directed the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) and the Roads Department to give daily updates to public about road condition through WhatsApp and Facebook.

Shri Yadav while addressing the representatives of GREF stated that use of gelatin to blast boulder while clearing the roads must be done in co-ordination with the Police, PHE Department and the Power Department as to take intensive precaution of local public and power grid and water supply of proximity. Further, he directed the GREF to construct drainage system along with widening of roads.

Similarly, Assistant Engineer (AE) and Junior Engineer (JE) of the Power Department were asked to provide regular updates on maintenance or failure of electricity. It was also suggested to the department to provide a departmental contact number where public can lodge their complaints regarding power outage.

The Food Department was instructed to keep reserve stock of essential commodities as monsoon preparedness as most of roads of the district are slide prone.

Officials of the PHE Department were asked for perennial supply of water in the governmental offices and to all stakeholders of the district. Mangan Nagar Panchayats were asked to clean all clogged drains and nullahs in and around Mangan Bazaar.

Talking to the representatives of Power Projects of the district, the DM instructed them to ensure proper functioning of the warning system of the hydel projects and to hold public awareness programme on monsoon preparedness in the district.

The SP, North opined that there is need to hold a mock exercise in co-ordination with different departments to make the public aware about the rescue and relief operation. He insisted on buffer stock of essential commodities, reserve medical teams as monsoon preparedness.

The representatives of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) informed about the Regional Response Centre (RRC) which is capable of responding any disaster in a short time. The RRC Team is stationed at Chungthang and they are available any time in case of natural disaster.