Bhubaneswar: Based on the IMD forecast an inter-departmental coordination meeting was organised to review progress of activities and preparedness for the probable cyclone. Bhubaneswar Mayor Sulochana Das chaired the meeting.
The meeting was attended by the representatives from line departments like FIRE, WATCO, R and B, Electricity, Health and different sections of BMC.
Preparatory status of each department and requirements to fight the cyclone were discussed one by one. BMC has 72 cyclone shelters, mostly in different Schools where BMC and other officials will remain present to manage the situations.
The 31 waterlogging points will be addressed through dewatering and pumping out the flood water. Fifteen numbers of dewatering pumps along with four BMC pumps will be prepositioned in vulnerable points.
Besides, pump sets of Fire Department will be used as per requirements. Evacuation will be done based on situational requirements. Dry food will be provided to evacuated people in the temporary shelters and on requirements hot cooked meal will also be provided by BMC.
Control room will be functional in 1929. Citizens can make call to this number during the period to lodge their complaints or for any emergency help.
The Mayor stressed on mobile tower related accidents. During cyclone there is every possibility of collapse of towers to the ground. Respective companies need to be intimated to be watchful during the emergency, told Mayor.
Discussion was held on rescue of stray animals those face with injuries during cyclone like situations. Sub Divisional veterinary Officer present in the meeting was intimated to keep the injured stray animals in 10 numbers of temporary shelters managed by different NGOs.
Sanitation activities will be on war foot manner along with agencies, told Dy. Commissioner Sanitation, BMC. Suptd. Er. Tata Power Central Odisha Distribution Limited (TPCODL) was asked to remain prepared with their instruments , machineries and personnel for quick restoration of electricity .Chief Municipal Medical Officer was told to arrange sufficient ORS, halogen tabs, anti-venom injections and ambulance. He was also suggested providing FIRST AID KIIT to each cyclone shelter.
Regarding drinking water supply, General manager “WATCO” informed that 250 Sintex tanks and 25 numbers of water tankers are ready to meet the emergency. On requirement private tankers will hired to provide the service. Also, the department has 80 numbers of diesel generators to meet power cuts.
Among others there were Addl. Commissioner Laxmikanta Sethi, Addl. Commissioner Binay Kumar Dash, City Er. Arun Ku Nayak and Chief Finance Officer Sanjeeb Singh. Dy. Comissioner Emergency coordinated the meeting activities.