Bhubaneswar, August 10 (LocalWire): Odisha has received the prestigious Technology Sabha Awards instituted by Indian Express group for its Early Warning Dissemination System.
Special relief commissioner and OSDMA managing director Bishnupada Sethi, whose prompt action in evacuating people from vulnerable seaside pockets when the severe cyclone Fani hit the Odisha coast on May 3 had won accolades from various quarters received the award at a special function at Jaipur in Rajasthan.
The award was conferred upon to Odisha government for preventive management and preparedness to deal with major cyclones like Fani and effective implementation of the early warning information dissemination system.
The state government was selected under the Unified Communications category.
Sethi received the award at the function from 8-10 August, officials of revenue and the disaster management department said.
The Early Warning Dissemination System that has been launched in Odisha is incidentally the first-of-its-kind automatic public address system in the country that uses loud sirens to alert people residing along the coast about the natural disasters like cyclones.
The state has installed these alert sirens on towers at 122 locations, and the system paid its positive dividends as it largely ensured the safety of human lives as cyclone Fani barreled through Odisha on 3 May this year.