GUWAHATI, March 29 - The Kamrup Metro district authority has made elaborate security arrangements for the ensuing Namami Brahmaputra festival which will start from March 31 and continue till April 4.
The administration is coordinating with various stakeholders like police, SDRF, NDRF, River Police, Health Services, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and the Public Health and Engineering (PHE) Department and has taken various measures for safety and security of VVPIs, VIPs as well as the general public attending the festival.
A nodal cell has since been constituted and headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMA) involving all concerned Circle Officers, representatives from police, SDRF, NDRF, River Police, Health Services and Inland Water Transport (IWT) Department.
�This nodal cell will coordinate and supervise all the safety- related issues during the five-day event to prevent any untoward eventuality. A Joint Control Room will be established for all the response agencies at the venue for necessary coordination and support,� said Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu.
He said that sufficient CCTVs have been installed all around the venue at Rajaduar Ghat for proper centralised monitoring.
�A proper evacuation plan is in place for any emergency during the event. For tackling any untoward eventuality and for safety of the visitors, NDRF has deputed three fully-equipped teams, out of which two teams will be operational round the clock and one team will be kept in reserve in the IWT boat at Fancy Bazar Ghat. Each team will consist of eight boats with eight deep divers, one medical squad and one CBRN squad. NDRF personnel are detailed round the clock at the Joint Control Room,� said Dr Angamuthu.
River Police will make arrangements for river patrolling during the event.
SDRF personnel with boats and necessary rescue gear will be deployed to cover the entire area during the five-day event.
Four groups of extinguisher teams consisting of three personnel in each team with portable fire extinguishers will be detailed at strategic places to tackle any eventuality.
�Three medical teams will be deployed with doctors, paramedics and emergency medicine. For any emergency, three hospitals have been designated � GMHC, MMCH and the Railway Hospital at Maligaon. Besides, four 108 ambulances will be placed at the venue 24X7 during the festival,� said the Deputy Commissioner.
Volunteers from civil defence, National Cadet Corps and National Social Service will be deployed at the venue for crowd management during the festival.
While the PHE has been tasked with providing packaged drinking water to all the visitors, garbage disposal and sanitation will be taken care of by the Guwahati Municiapal Corporation.
�Proper street lighting throughout the city and riverside lighting at the venue has been done by GMC in coordination with APDCL and PWD,� informed the DC.