BMC readies plans to tackle waterlogging during rains

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Bhubaneswar: With the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) predicting heavy rain in the city during the next 36 to 48 hours, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with other departments chalked out strategies to fight waterlogging and urban flooding situation.

BMC Commissioner Dr. Krishan Kumar convened the multi-department emergency meeting at the BMC Conference Room in the evening and briefed the senior officials to be vigilant during the next 36 hours and work in tandem with the strategy and the experiences gathered from the last water-logging situations.

The Municipal Commissioner said off day and leave of all staff of BMC and BDA remained cancelled so that better coordination would be done to face the situation in the city.

The BMC and Odisha Fire Services have pre-positioned nearly 30 water pumps at vulnerable locations across the city, where the rest 22 are for the developing situation as rains have started across the city after evening hours. Both the agencies have 52 pumps (BMC 19 and Fire Services 33) pumps with them to face the situation.

Meanwhile, the city has been divided into 13 sub-zones or sectors with senior officers taking their sectoral positions and in-charge of decision-making activities during heavy rains. Every sub-zone will be having 4 to 5 supporting staff including the Ward Officer, who will be the contact person for that particular ward.

The Ward Officer will be the first responder to all the needs from the citizens concerned and community organisers (COs) would assist the team for the next 36 to 48 hours.

The 13 senior officials of sub-zones will coordinate with departments like PWD, PHEO, Fire Services, District Administration, OWSSB, CESU and Water Resources Department.

The Commissioner also asked the PWD Team to have a response team as many secondary drains along the main roads across the city belong to the department. The PWD team will be in constant touch with the Multi-Agency Control Room at BMC. Each line department will also depute an official to the control room for better coordination.

The PWD and BMC teams were also asked by the Commissioner to have 15 JCBc as reserve for any emergency call to attend. Chain mounted proclain machines are also to be hired and kept reserved for any difficult situation to encounter. Apart from the big machines other smaller cleaning tools will also be with the respective teams to clean the secondary and tertiary drains, in case of waterlogging like situation.

The Engineers and team members of the Water Resources Department were asked to work in a team with the Drainage Division of BMC so that there would be coordinated effort to manage the situation. The engineers from CESU will also be in the coordination team to manage any situation in the next 48 hours.

The sanitation workers of three major sanitation agencies i.e. Jagruti, PMR and Ramkey with 1,400, 600 and 700 will be on guard and at least 10 sanitation workers from these agencies would be with the local team to coordinate the situation.

Control Room Numbers

Bhubaneswar One Helpline numbers 18003450061 (toll-free) 0674-2548295 (landline) are active on 24×7 basis for citizens to register complaints on water-logging.

Multi-Agency Control Room

A Multi-Agency Control Room to operate at BMC. Each line department will also depute an official to the control room for better coordination.

Teams

The BMC & Fire Services Department have made ready 52 pumps. Already 30 are pre-positioned to tackle the waterlogging situations.

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