ITANAGAR, Jun 05: Ways to tackle disasters during the coming monsoon were discussed during a meeting between Capital Complex deputy commissioner Pige Ligu and HoDs of all line departments here today.
Listing out the major points that need to be addressed – such as surface communication, medicine and food stocks, etc – the DC asked the PHE department to keep tankers in preparedness to supply potable water during emergencies. He also urged all to attend the demonstrations to be presented by a National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) battalion from June 10 next.
While ADC Bokar Basar stressed on joint efforts by all concerned to meet calamities, Itanagar SDPO Taru Gussar presented a brief on the role of police in search and rescue operations, fire containment, etc. He said police personnel are trained at the Banderdewa PTC for deployment during calamities, adding that life-saving jackets, ropes, machineries, etc to deal with emergency situations are available with the department.
Stressing that most of the disaster are manmade as the ongoing roadside cutting, hillside cutting and random construction damage roads and culverts, PWD EE Taniya Soki requested the DC to form a board to identify areas vulnerable to manmade disaster, so that it could be controlled. WRD EE A Nabam requested the DC to issue a notification banning further encroachment, even along the river bed, and DFCSO Amit Bengia briefed about the circle-wise stocks and placement of foodgrains and other essential commodities.
ASH medical superintendent Dr D Raina presented an update on the stock of essential medicines. Later, the HoDs presented a list of areas which are most likely to suffer and where precaution is required.
It was decided that control rooms would be set up at Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa. The disaster management plan was updated and the standard operation procedure distributed among the HoDs. (DIPRO)