Rs 5-crore plan to reduce disaster risks in Mumbai

Recognising the need to tackle both natural and man-made disasters better, the civic body will chalk out a scientific disaster management risk master plan in the next two years. Sayli Udas Mankikar & Aastha Katyal report.
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Updated on Apr 25, 2009 02:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySayli Udas Mankikar & Aastha Katyal, Mumbai

You will be better protected during disasters, like the 2005 deluge, if the municipal body’s plan works out.

Recognising the need to tackle both natural and man-made disasters better, the civic body will chalk out a scientific disaster management risk master plan in the next two years.

The Rs 5-crore plan is being worked out with Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative, an international organisation dedicated to the reduction of disaster risks in mega cities, along with stakeholders.

“The plan will be chalked through workshops, group discussions-cum-simulations and learning through experiences,” said Fouad Bedinerad, chairman of the organisation.

Bedinerad was one of the 115 participants of the Asia Megacities Forum 2009, the first international seminar on disaster risk management organised by the civic body.

“We tackle natural disasters well. We need to improve our system in cases of man-made ones,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner RA Rajeev.

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