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More hands proposed for KMC disaster management teams

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, April 29, 2013
First Published: 11:33 IST(29/4/2013) | Last Updated: 11:35 IST(29/4/2013)

Seeking to keep the city on the move in the coming rainy season, the technocrats at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have recommended more disaster management teams at borough-level to ensure no disruptions in the city even in the wake of any natural calamity.

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According to officials of parks and squares department at the KMC, 15 boroughs have a team each comprising six members. And as evidenced during the short, sharp spell of rain, which lashed parts of the city on Wednesday, the prevailing infrastructure doesn’t meet the need for proper disaster management.

“We had a meeting with the municipal commissioner and sought provision of four teams instead of one at each of the 15 boroughs, so they could they move in quickly in the event of any natural calamity,” Debashis Chakraborty, director-general (parks and squares) said.

The squall, which hit the city on Wednesday, uprooted as many as 80 big trees and ripped out braches from another 25, blocking traffic on key intersections till late night.

However, KMC bosses are in two minds over bringing in the changes proposed to the disaster management team. “Such teams are only required for few months in a year. Engaging huge manpower would mean that they would spend idle days in off seasons,” a senior KMC official said.

Scenes of massive disruptions witnessed across the city during the rainy season have often been blamed on the civic authorities dragging their feet in mobilising necessary measures to restore normality even in the wake of a natural calamity.


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