To provide a quick response during any man-made or natural calamities, the NDMC on Saturday inaugurated a disaster management centre, located on the Humayun Road. Sprawling over an area of 3,000 square meters, it was inaugurated by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
The centre is the first such initiative by the NDMC and the fourth such unit in the city. According to the civic agency, the centre will work in coordination with Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service (DFS) and Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
"Delhi has three disaster management centres-Laxmi Nagar, Rohini and Nehru Place. New Delhi is a VIP area due to several high-rises. During any emergency, crucial time is lost when disaster management teams arrive from other areas. This centre will facilitate quick response," said a senior NDMC official.
The centre will be connected to the police, DFS, DDMA and NDMC control rooms through hotline and will be operational round-the-clock.
It is well-equipped with an emergency rescue tender, water tenders and browsers, a specially designed smaller emergency response vehicle that will be able to travel through narrow lanes fast, modern equipment like cutters, spreaders and breathing apparatus, some of which are imported. The centre, built at a cost of Rs 80 lakh, has a control room with state-of-the-art alarm system, emergency equipment store, dormitory, pantry, training-cum-conference hall with video-conferencing facility.