Cidco sets up 24x7 cell to tackle mon­soon emer­gen­cies

The con­trol room started op­er­at­ing on Wed­nes­day and will con­tinue till Septem­ber

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: With mon­soon just days away, the City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Ma­ha­rash­tra Lim­ited (Cidco) is ready with its plans to tackle emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, it an­nounced the set­ting up of a 24x7 emer­gency con­trol room to tackle rain-re­lated in­ci­dent to pre­vent loss of life and prop­erty. The cell was made op­er­a­tional on Wed­nes­day and will con­tinue till Septem­ber 30.

The emer­gency con­trol room lo­cated on the ground floor of Cidco Bha­van in CBD Belapur was in­au­gu­rated by chief vig­i­lance of­fi­cer Vi­nay Kar­gaonkar. Ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer AT Anuse has been ap­pointed as chief emer­gency con­troller.

Kar­gaonkar said, “There is a sys­tem in place for daily mon­i­tor­ing of ac­tiv­i­ties of the con­trol room and the re­sponse time.”

Deputy emer­gency con­troller, of­fi­cials of engi­neer­ing de­part­ment, health de­part­ment, se­cu­rity de­part­ment, gar­den de­part­ment, fire de­part­ment and other de­part­ments have been de­ployed at the cen­tre that has been set up on the ground floor of Cidco Bha­van in CBD Belapur.

The cell will func­tion even on week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days. An am­bu­lance ser­vice has also been pro­vided for relief dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

“We are equipped to deal in­ci­dents such as fire, snake bites, build­ing col­lapses, land­slides and dis­eases. We will mon­i­tor open gut­ters, hold­ing ponds and rain wa­ter drains. All gut­ters in our ju­ris­dic­tion will be cleaned,” said Kar­gaonkar.

Cidco also launched helpline num­bers for res­i­dents to reg­is­ter com­plaints and a What­sApp num­ber on which they can send pho­tos of rain­re­lated in­ci­dents.

Res­i­dents can lodge com­plaint about short cir­cuit, tree fall, wa­ter-log­ging, road con­di­tion, open nul­lahs, fire, dis­eases, an­i­mal bites, build­ing col­lapses and land­slides in their area.

Anuse said, “We have pruned trees, pos­ing risk to res­i­dents in rains. JCB and wa­ter pumps will be de­ployed 24x7 to re­move ex­cess wa­ter.

The tech­ni­cal de­part­ment

and the per­son­nel de­part­ment have been con­nected to emer­gency con­trol room to tackle ex­i­gen­cies in mon­soon.”

He asked res­i­dents to com­plain to Cidco if con­trac­tors fail to re­move the con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als in their ar­eas. “We have asked con­trac­tors to re­move ma­te­ri­als com­pris­ing con­crete, brick, chalk put up at sev­eral places for con­struc­tion of build­ings,” he said.

Of­fi­cials will rush to the spot after re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion about any causal­ity. The emer­gency ser­vices such as fire de­part­ment will be alerted and help will also be sought from NGOs by the con­trol room.

“We have en­tered into tieups with var­i­ous hos­pi­tals to en­sure im­me­di­ate med­i­cal help in times of emer­gen­cies,” said Anuse.

Of­fi­cials have put up a no­tice board at di­lap­i­dated build­ings and quar­ries declar­ing them dan­ger­ous, he said. Of­fi­cials will con­duct sur­vey of wa­ter­log­ging-prone ar­eas.

The dam de­part­ment will in­form peo­ple about re­lease of wa­ter dur­ing heavy rains and high tide, he said. “The health de­part­ment will take steps to curb spread of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases—dengue, malaria and en­sure ad­e­quate num­ber of beds in hos­pi­tals and health cen­tres to treat pa­tients af­fected by com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases,” Anuse said.

He added that ad­e­quate stock of medicines has been kept at health cen­tres in ru­ral ar­eas. “Peo­ple will be in­formed about the wa­ter level rise in Gadhi river. Ar­range­ments will be made to shift them to a safe lo­ca­tion,” said Anuse.

THE CELL WILL FUNC­TION EVEN ON WEEK­ENDS AND PUB­LIC HOL­I­DAYS

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

An NMMC worker cleans a sewage drain at Vashi on Wed­nes­day.

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