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State Sharpens Disaster Prep

After achieving new global benchmarks in disaster management, State Government has initiated steps to sharpening its efficiency further to counter disasters.

This was revealed at the State Executive Committee meeting of Disaster Management Authority chaired by Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Friday.

Reviewing the progress, the Development Commissioner directed the officials to further sharpen disaster management capacity of the State.

He said that due to global warming and climate change impact, the frequency and intensity of natural disasters are likely to increase in coming years.

“We, being a costal State have to sharpen our teeth to encounter those,” he said while directing the officials to enhance contours of Fire Service wing and build them up as first multi-hazard responders.

It was decided to build up fire service wing as first responders in the critical emergencies like road accidents, mishap in high raised buildings or high places, chemical disasters, man-animal conflict, disinfection of the public places and forest fire.

Since the Fire vehicles cannot traverse inside the forest, it has been decided to use it to the extent possible for containing the forest fire.
 
Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) and Special Relief Commissioner (RSC) Pradeep Kumar Jena, who outlined the issues for discussion, appraised the need for procurement of new hi-tech search and rescue equipments for ODRAF and Fire Service Wings.

Considering recommendations of the Home department, the committee accorded approval of Rs 65.35 cror for ORDAF and Rs.39.59 lakh for Fire Service units.
It was known from the review that out of total twenty ODRAF units presently operating in the State, ten units did not have any office building of their own. 

It was decided to construct new buildings for these units through Police Housing Corporation. 

Mr.Jena said that a Disaster Management Training Cell (DMTC) has been established in Revenue Officers Training Institute (ROTI), Gothapatana in Bhubaneswar.

As of now, 3586 persons from ODRAF, Fire Services, Civil Defense, community level volunteers and others have been successfully trained in various courses relating to disaster management, search,  rescue and first aid etc in this center.

The Centre also successfully conducted several specialized training courses such as MFR, CSSR, FRB, Rope Rescue, First Aid, EMC, FAMEX and CAP for ODRAF and Fire Service personnel.

Considering actual needs of the training cell, an amount of Rs. 3.80 crore was sanctioned for procurement of equipment, accessories and furniture. 

The projects for saving the costal and river erosion figured in the meeting. Considering its urgency, the committee approved three major projects estimated around Rs.42.95 crore.

The approved projects included critical shore line and saline intrusion  measures near village Ramayapatna of Ganjam district; erosion protection work  on banks of river Hansua near village Praharajpur and Koilpur;  re-sectioning of Keredagada-Alatang saline embankment in Rajnagar Block of Kendrapara district; and, protection of coastal erosion at Pentha in Rajnagar block of Kendrapara district.

The Development Commissioner also reviewed the progress of the repair and maintenance of multi-purpose cyclone/flood centers (MCS/MFS) operating at different places.

The review revealed that so far physical audit of 814 shelters operating in 25 districts have been completed.

As many as 795 shelters in 23 districts have been taken up for repair and an amount of Rs.45 cr has been provided for the purpose.

The repair work is being executed by the respective Blocks/ Rural Works Divisions. Development Commissioner, Mr. Mohapatra advised put in place definite system for regular maintenance and upkeep of the shelters.

ACS Health & Family Welfare Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra, DG Police Abhay, Principal Secretary Home Sanjeeb Chopra, Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary Water Resources  Surendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Energy Nikunja Bihari Dhal, DG Fire Service Satyajit Mohanty, Additional SRC  Pravat Mohapatra along with other senior officers participated in the discussions.
 


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