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Delhi govt reviews disaster management mechanism

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 21:56

New Delhi: With concerns being raised over
city`s disaster management system following the tragedy in
Sikkim, Delhi Government on Wednesday reviewed its response mechanism
in case a disaster struck the city.

At a meeting, Revenue Minister took stock of the city`s
preparedness and directed officials to further fine-tune the
disaster management mechanism.

Asking officials to plug the loopholes in the system, he
said disaster management in the city was "complicated and
complex due to its high population density, extensive physical
infrastructure, heavy vehicular traffic and huge floating
population."
The meeting was attended by top officials of various
agencies and departments besides deputy commissioners of all
the districts.

Emphasising on the need to modernise the response
mechanism, Walia said apart from natural disasters, the city
is also faced with the risk of human induced disasters such as
bomb blasts and terror strikes.

He said Delhi falls on high-risk seismic zone and there
is a possibility of huge impact if a strong earthquake hits
the city.

The Revenue Minister instructed all the deputy
commissioners place all details about disaster management on
the websites.

He further directed Divisional Commissioner Dharmender to
ensure proper coordination with various departments and
agencies including police, MTNL, Delhi Fire Service and MCD.

Pointing about buildings in congested localities, he said
there must be specific disaster management plans in the event
of building collapse in such localities.
Noting that weak buildings are a matter of concern, he
also directed the Divisional Commissioner to prepare a list of
structural engineers so as to identify the vulnerable
structures.

He said emergency health infrastructure needed to be
improved to take care of any disaster like situation.

The hospitals have been asked to provide information on
number of emergency beds available, provision of temporary
beds, emergency operation theatre lights, X-Ray machines and
Ultrasound machines.

They have also been told to submit details on their
additional requirements.

The hospitals have also been asked to keep stock of
medicines for next three months. They must be in a position
to commission an emergency operation theatre and health
services in open place in case any major disaster take place
and the existing infrastructure badly collapses.

Walia has asked the Divisional Commissioner to ensure
that the mock drills at all levels be conducted at regular
intervals to check readiness of various agencies.

A schedule for four month period has been prepared for
this purpose.

During these four months mock drills at major religious
places, important monuments, government offices, railway
stations, media offices, embassies, malls and hotels will be
conducted.

National Disaster Relief Force and Army will be involved
in the mock drills.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 21:56
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