Delhi govt reviews disaster management mechanism
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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.


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

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