In the wake of a massive earthquake that rocked India’s neighbourhood and claimed lives of thousands of people in Nepal, the Jalandhar administration has drawn a plan to revive its disaster management programme in case of such eventuality in the district in future.
After the Punjab government scrapped its disaster management centres from the entire state on March 31 this year due to paucity of funds, the disaster cell which was operating from room number 106 of the district administrative complex is lying closed.
The administration officials have received fresh instructions from the government to prepare a roadmap for setting up a body for the same.
For this, the administration has called up a meeting with heads of government departments such police, health, transport, municipal corporation, municipal councils, roadways, armed forces, NGOs on Wednesday at the district administrative complex to chalk out future course of action.
The administration has taken decision of setting up a 24-hour emergency operation control room in the complex to deal with such situation in future.
The administration and the municipal corporation will start a survey to identify unsafe buildings in the city on a priority basis soon.
A senior administration official informed that there are at least 100 unsafe buildings in the city that pose a threat to the lives of residents. A survey was conducted around five years ago in this regard, he added.
The city has several narrow and cramped localities such as Mai Heeran Gate, Quilla Mohallan, Lahoria Mohallan, Saidan Gate, Rainak Bazar, Pipla Wali Gali, Attari Bazar and Balmiki Gate where several unsafe buildings are a clear threat to the lives of their occupants as well as those of those living in the neighbourhood.
These buildings which are decades old are in such a bad condition that they can collapse any time and in the event of a quake they can result in huge loss of human life.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Girish Dayalan said, “The role of each department will be discussed and fixed during the meeting on Wednesday to deal with an earthquake-like situation in the city.”
Dayalan said quick response teams (QRT) will be formed to train their members as how to respond to distress calls and reaching the spot in the shortest possible time.
Quake mock drills will also organised in the city in which people can be involved with teams that will be equipped to deal with a disaster, the ADC added.
As per Amateur Seismic Centre (ASC), Pune, districts like Jalandhar, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, and Rupnagar lie in zone IV that is extremely vulnerable.