Bhubaneswar: With the onset of monsoon, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stepped up precautionary measures to manage the water-logging issues in vulnerable areas more effectively.
Elaborate arrangements have been made for discharge of rain water from the low lying areas. BMC Commissioner Sanjay Singh said 27 sensitive places have been put on top focus.
Construction of 10 main drainages has been completed while works of three others linking to main one are also over. Works of others pending drainages would be over by June 15, Singh added.
The civic body has also released two toll free numbers for the residents of the city for any exigencies.
High-power pump sets have been kept readied to drain out rain water in low lying areas.
“Our control room has started functioning 24*7. As many as 27 vulnerable points have been identified. Pump sets have been installed at all these places by the fire services department and BMC to release excess water. We are also keeping a close watch on other sensitive places,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, low pressure induced rainfall has started in various places in Koraput district. The district administration has made arrangements for the safety of people residing in the close vicinity of water reservoir and in low-lying places, river beds. All BDOs and Tehsildars have been asked to remain alert to meet any such possible eventuality.
“A control room is working at district headquarters. Municipalities authorities have been asked to clear the choked drainages to avoid overflowing of water during rain,” ADM Deben Kumar Pradhan said.
Similar arrangements have also been made in Bhadrak as several places of the district experienced heavy rain under the influence of low pressure. Pump sets have been kept prepared to address water-logging problems. The district and block level officers have been alerted, said Gyana Ranjan Das, Bhadrak Collector.
“The district level officers, BDOs and Tehsildars have been directed to open control room in their respective jurisdictions. All essential materials have been kept prepared for the people residing in vulnerable places,” Das added.
The weather Department has issued red warning for six districts with forecast of heavy rain. Districts like Sambalpur, Sonepur, Bolangir, Boudh, Bargarh and Angul are likely to witness torrential rain. Similarly, the rainfall activity will continue in the State for next five days. The sea condition will remain rough under the impact of low pressure, so, fishermen have been barred from venturing into the deep sea for fishing activities till June 14.