Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation on high alert to counter rain threat from cyclone ‘Titli’

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the IMD prediction on the cyclonic storm Titli, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the coordination of all line departments will start a multi-agency control room for 24X7 surveillance of the situation from tomorrow, deploy 13 sector officer across the city and pre-position pumps in coordination with Odisha Fire Services Department at low-lying pockets between October 10 and 12.
Citizens from low-lying and vulnerable pockets across the city can register their complaints through Bhubaneswar Operations Centre 18003450061. They can also lodge their complaints with the Storm Water Control Room (BMC) on 0674-2432281.
The civic authorities have already written an official letter to senior administrative officer, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Additional District Magistrate, Bhubaneswar, Superintending Engineer Public Works Department, Superintending Engineer Public Health Engineering Organisation and Executive Engineer (Prachi Irrigation Division) of the Water Resources Department and Chief Fire Officer, Odisha to depute one nodal officer each for each shift to the 2X7 multi-agency control room at BMC.
The control room will work in three shifts, i,e, Shift A from morning 6 am to 2 pm, Shift B from 2 pm to 10 pm and Shift C from 10 pm to 6 am respectively. The inclusion of the nodal officers from other city-based line departments is planned so that when a situation arises from a grievance relating to that particular department, the nodal officer present at the control room from that department concerned could coordinate with the officials in the ground and solve the problems smoothly.
The Ward Officers designated from Community Organisers and other office staffs of BMC were also given an office order to be in the respective wards as notified by the civic body so that the grievance redressal would be easy and responsive during the rains resulting out of the cyclonic storm Titli.
The entire BMC area has been divided into 13 sectors for which equal number of sectoral officers (senior officers from BMC, BDA and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited have been designated to become in-charge officials of the sectors concerned. The sector officials were also entrusted with specific charges like drainage channels and other major issues which mainly crop up during incessant rains. While the North Zone of BMC has got four sectoral officers, the South West Zone has got four such officers and the South East Zone has got five sectoral officers to work for the situation. Team BMC’s 40 engineers will also be on high alert to manage any kind of situation due to high rainfall.
The civic body in another notification has asked all officials concerned to be in high alert from October 9 to October 12 as per the advisory issued by IMD and also asked them not to leave the city during the situation and not to take any off for the emergency situation.
The pre-positioning of BMC pumps would be made near SAB Industry backside lane Daya West Canal side near Garage Square, Sarada Matha Lane Sriram Nagar Lane-10 in Ward No. 59, Lane -6 Kelu Charan Mohapatra front lane Ward No. 61, Ratna Villa and Rabindra Garden Ward No. 51 and Paikanagar Ward No. 50. The civic body is all set to cover all vulnerable points by tomorrow morning.

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