Bhubaneswar, May 2 (LocalWire): The state administration today chalked out a massive action plan so that the execution of evacuation and rescue would be a smooth affair.
Chairing a multi-agency coordination meeting at Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation this afternoon, Works Secretary Dr Krishan Kumar, asked all agencies concerned to work in tandem so that during any difficulty, arising out of the natural calamity, could be tackled properly.
Kumar also advised the citizens not to worry and resort to panic buying.
The civil supplies department has been asked to keep a tab on businessmen trying to hoard essential commodities and create a crisis-like situation.
The multi-agency coordination meeting was also addressed by Vice-chairman, Bhubaneswar Development Authority Balwant Singh and other senior officials from BDA, BMC, Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, commissionerate police, fire services, Works department, public health engineering organisation, water resources, energy, housing and urban development departments and revenue and disaster mitigation department were present.
The meeting called for immediate action on the evacuation, road clearance, drainage de-silting, restoration of power supply for emergency operations and telecommunication networks and declared a toll-free number 18003450061 and landline 0674-2431253 for immediate grievance redressal.
A multi-agency control room will start functioning at BMC from evening to coordinate the grievances across the corporation area.
Meanwhile, the drainage and engineering wing of BMC has also started cleaning and de-silting the major storm water drainage channels and major drains so that during heavy or very heavy rainfall, the runoff water can easily flow to the Gangua nullah, the water sink of the city flowing around it, which ultimately meets the Daya river.
Under the evacuation plan, there will be two cyclone shelters in each ward where the evacuated people would be given shelter stocked with an adequate supply of medicine, food, and water.
The city’s urban pockets have been divided into 13 sectors in which an OAS officer will be sector officer with an engineer (Civil) and another from drainage.
The sectors are Infocity, Xavier, Vani Vihar, Kuakhai, Khandagiri, ISKCON area, OUAT, Airport, Smart District Area, Sachivalaya Marg, Cuttack Road, Kalpana and Lingaraj under BMC.
The sector officer will have the powers to take a call on emergency situations arising out of Fani and recommend appropriate actions as per the requirement at ground zero.
The affected roads would be cleared with sufficient deployment of people/workers under the supervision of a nodal officer. There will also be a drainage engineer who, in consultation with the team will decide on the positioning of the pumps and low-lying areas.
The sector officer will be assisted by the respective ward officers, community organisers, anganwadi workers, ASHA workers and community and slum leaders in order to identify and manage low-lying and vulnerable pockets in case of severe or very severe rainfall.