Odisha to have Disaster Management Institute soon

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to set up a State Disaster Management Institute to impart training to personnel engaged in tackling disaster.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here on Thursday.

The proposed institute would come up on 17 acres of land at Gothapatna on the outskirts of the capital city at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore. The state government would constitute a corpus fund of Rs 10 crore for the management of the institute, sources said.

The institute would impart training on methods to tackle natural disasters to personnel ofe Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and Fire Brigade. It would also train workers of different industrial units and the people in villages. The training would be given by experts having special knowledge on disaster management.

The chief minister asked the concerned departments to take necessary steps to make the proposed training institute at par with international standards.

Revenue and Disaster Management minister Bijayshree Routray, chief secretary, additional chief secretary to the chief minister, development commissioner and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) were present at the meeting.