GUWAHATI, June 4 - With monsoon scheduled to hit the region soon, the Kamrup Metro district administration has issued a set of instructions to various departments and stakeholders to deal with any flood contingency-related issues.
Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, told The Assam Tribune that all the circle officers (COs) have been directed to submit the Contingency Plan for Flood for the year 2016-17.
�The contingency plan should also contain the list of the relief centres to be set up and the list of country boats with owners with cost estimate to be used during flood. They have also been asked to identify and list the flood vulnerable villages in different intensities like high, moderate and low,� said Dr Angamuthu, who is also Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) of Kamrup Metro.
�The COs have been also directed to inspect all the landslide and erosion-prone areas and alert the residents of these vulnerable places. In case of landslide incidents, a team of officials from departments like soil conservation, PWD, GMC, GMDA, police, SDRF and forest under the leadership of CO concerned will do joint inspection of the vulnerable sites and take precautionary measures, which will be decided by the inspecting team. �Residential buildings vulnerable to landslide are to be sealed immediately,� he said.
The Executive Engineer, Water Resources (East Division) has been directed to submit a flood contingency plan with the list of officials concerned in flood operation within a week.
The water resources department has also been asked to inspect all the embankments in the district and take protective measures against any breach.
Under Azara revenue circle, there is a vulnerable embankment at Dharapur, through Majirgaon to Palashbari, and the Executive Engineer of Water Resource (East Division) has been directed to take necessary action for strengthening the embankment.
The Executive Engineer of Water Resource (Mechanical Division) has been asked to submit the list of de-watering pumps with capacity and to have officials placed against each pump with their contact details. The department has also been asked to operationalise all the pumps and submit a report on their functionality.
�GMC and GMDA will submit a list of de-watering pumps with capacity and officials placed against each pump with their contact details. GMC has been directed to cover or barricade the open manholes immediately after cleaning and also to inform PWD (Roads) if there is any breakage of slabs during cleaning so that these may be immediately repaired,� said Dr Angamuthu.
GMC and GMDA have also been told to carry out proper desiltation of the primary as well as feeder drains to take care of water-logging problem.
�GMC has been asked to prepare a plan of action for landslide management in Guwahati and GMDA has been directed to conduct a survey of the buildings in greater Fancy Bazar area where the structures are very old and vulnerable to earthquake. PWD (Roads) officials will conduct survey of all the vulnerable bridges and culverts in the district. PWD (Roads) will also cover or barricade the open manholes. All departments concerned have been directed to designate a nodal officer in each revenue circle to report to the CO concerned for proper management of flood and any other related disaster,� said Dr Angamuthu.
The Executive Engineer of PHE department has been asked to be in readiness for necessary supply of safe drinking water in the flood-affected areas and the animal husbandry and veterinary will submit stock details in advance so that there is no scarcity of green fodder, medicines and vaccines for livestock.
Dr Angamuthu said that the health department has medicines reserved and health officials have been placed in each zone.
APDCL has been directed to distribute the advisory for electrical safety during flood among the public and to ensure proper electrical safety audit in the flood-prone areas.