By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 9 Jan: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the MIS portal, ‘Sachet’, which has been developed for online reporting, data collection and initiation of rescue work during natural disasters and road accidents occurring in the state, at the Secretariat, here, on Wednesday.
During the review of the work being done by the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority, the Chief Minister instructed SDRF to coordinate with the Nehru Mountaineering Institute during natural calamities and road accidents and also take help from their trainees. He also advised holding of mock drills. It was his suggestion that school and college children be imparted training in disaster management.
During the meeting, the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority informed the CM that for weather related information, Doppler Radars would be installed in Mukteshwar and Surkanda Devi by June next. The Meteorological Department has installed 139 of 176 proposed meteorological equipment points in the state. To strengthen the pre-earthquake warning system, 155 sensors out of 184 had been installed in the state by IIT Roorkee. Also, 49 sirens for earthquake warning had been installed.
Along with this, at 100 places in Haridwar, Dehradun and Kathgodam, and at SEOC and DEOC, sensors for pre-earthquake warning are being installed. With the help of THDCIL, sirens along with voice messages are being installed at 8 places on the banks of the Ganga between Koteshwar and Rishikesh. Under Vision 2020, till now, 5,381 Mahila Mangal Dals, 4995 Yuva Mangal Dals and 87 NGOs have been trained by SDRF in conducting relief and rescue operations during natural calamities. So far, 74 satellite phones have been provided in all the districts and additional 79 satellite phones would be made available soon. In all the districts, in case of disaster, Drones for surveillance and monitoring have been provided. GIS cells are being built at the district level for effective management of disaster.
During the meeting, it was disclosed that work on repair of cracks in the slopes of Purnagiri Temple was being done by WAPCOS at a cost of Rs 9.97 crores. Simultaneously, work on setting up wireless internet communication facility in Vyas, Darma and Chaudans Valleys of Pithoragarh by SDRF would be started soon. Likewise, there was a plan to start wireless internet communication facility on Doon Tracking Route, Pindari Glacier Tracking Route and Gangotri/Bhojbasa Tracking Route.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister felicitated Darshan Singh, posted in Chamoli district, for his commendable work done as a member of the Disaster Management Search Rescue Team. On 13 August, 2018, in difficult conditions, Darshan Singh had saved a girl who was drowning in the Alaknanda River, near the Koteswar Temple in Rudraprayag. Bhuvan Chandra Kandpal, posted with the Prantiya Rakshak Dal in Almora district was honoured for commendable work in search and rescue work during disasters and vehicle accidents.
District Disaster Management Officer Deepshikha Rawat was also honoured for her outstanding services.
Cabinet Ministers Prakash Pant and Yashpal Arya, Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, DGP Anil Raturi, ADG Ashok Kumar, IG Sanjay Gunjiyal, Secretary Meenakshi Sundaram, Additional Secretary Savin Bansal, etc., were present on the occasion.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER