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Soon, plan to tackle chaos

The Ghaziabad administration is likely to unveil its first City Disaster Management Plan (CDMP) in the coming weeks.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2011 00:08 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The Ghaziabad administration is likely to unveil its first City Disaster Management Plan (CDMP) in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes less than a fortnight after the Shalimar Garden building collapse that killed four and injured 14.

The CDMP comes under the Urban Risk Reduction Program of the Government Of India and the United Nation’s Development Project (UNDP). The trigger for it was a 289-page report by project support associate CDMP Manoj Singh that claims Ghaziabad is vulnerable to earthquake, fire, building-collapse, floods and epidemics.

The CDMP has also identified various risk levels and prescribed setup of departments that will be pressed into action in case of disaster.

“In the plan, we have laid down guidelines for around 30 departments which should be formed to ensure rescue and relief, medical aid, law and order, rehabilitation, and communications,” said project support associate for the CDMP Manoj Singh.

The city lies in seismic zone IV and in case of earthquakes high-rise (having more than three stories) buildings are prone to damages.

According to Ghaziabad Municipal corporation data, the city has around 144 high-rise buildings, 19 shopping complexes/malls, 15 schools and around 17 hospitals.

“We are yet to receive the data (on high rise buildings) from the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) which will subsequently be added to the CDMP. The plan will be renewed every six months,” Singh added.

For the CDMP to be in place, the officials have also setup a dedicated helpline. “The number (1077) can be accessed through a land-line telephone and we are making efforts to make it available through mobile-phones,” said Singh.

However, lack of resources such as ambulances, cranes, bull dozers and inventory is a major impediment for the effective implementation of the CDMP.

For this very reason on July 16 when a five-story under-construction building collapsed in Shalimar Garden, the army, airforce, ITBP and National Disaster Response Force had to be called in to assist the local police in the rescue operations.

“We are coordinating with nearby districts to find more resources needed during emergencies. We have also sought more funds,” he said.

The officials have also come up with a plan to study the building by-laws.