In view of the approaching cyclonic storm ‘Jawad’ which is likely to make landfall in Puri district, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made extensive preparations to tackle any kind of eventuality and is all set for smooth management of rescue, relief and restoration operation.
BMC Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Singh held a meeting with officials and field staff from all 67 wards of the Capital city and instructed them to identify potentially hazardous and low-lying settlements in their respective wards and evacuate citizens to nearby schools, cyclone shelters or safer places. He emphasised shifting of homeless and beggars who spend nights under the open sky.
Singh further directed all officials to ensure sufficient stock of dry food like rice, chuda (flattened rice), guda (sugar molasses), candles and cooked meals at all cyclone shelters. He said all essential workers should be provided with necessary resources to carry out work efficiently.
The BMC Engineering Division has identified 36 vulnerable low-lying areas across the city like Garage Chhak, Sarada Matha Lane, Sriram Nagar, Ratna Villa, Rabindra Garden and Paikanagar and is ready with water pumps to avoid waterlogging during the cyclone-induced heavy rains.
To meet any healthcare emergency, Additional District Urban Public Health Officer (ADU-PHO) Antaryami Mishra has been informed to keep the power back up ready at Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres from their own fund. Chief Municipal Medical Officer (CMMO) has been informed to ensure adequate stock of medicine, anti-venom and halogen tablet.
PDS distribution has already been made for the month of November and December. WATCO Division - I and II have been informed keep adequate tankers ready for uninterrupted water supply.
In order to avoid any untoward incident, the Commissioner has ordered to bring down high mast lights installed at various locations in urban areas and remove advertisement boards like billboards and hoardings for safety of citizens.
The BMC control room will function 24x7 to receive calls and pass on information. One base phone (0674- 2431253) and one toll free (1800 345 0061) will be receiving calls.
The leaves of all officials have been cancelled and asked them to be prepared and stay alert from December 3 to 6 to meet any eventuality.
The civic body has conducted a special drive to rescue and rehabilitation beggars, homeless and destitute persons roaming on streets, over bridges, temples, footpaths across the city to ensure their safety in view of the impending cyclone and winter season.