Udupi all set to tackle monsoon miseries

Control rooms in DC office and all three taluks will be open round the clock, says Deputy Commissioner

As the monsoon rains have already started lashing the district, the district administration is gearing up to tackle the probabilities of grave emergencies.

Deputy Commissioner Dr M T Reju told Deccan Herald that the administration has taken up all precautionary measures to manage the emergencies that may hit the district during monsoon.

 A meeting of the officials at district level and taluk level was held and responsibilities are disseminated to the officials concerned. Besides, institutions like Red Cross unit and TEMBA were also called to attend the meet, he added.

He said the responsibility at local level will be with Tahsildar and police department.
The taluk level officials are assigned with tasks as primarily the taluk administration is responsible to handle the emergencies that occur. 

Besides, teams are formed at village levels wherein the revenue officials and Panchayat officials will be jointly carrying out the responsibilities besides police personnel.

The contact numbers of all the officials in the team will be displayed so as to help the villagers in distress.

They can immediately contact the team members and the team will take care of their needs, he said. 

The DC said that the control rooms in DC office and in all the three taluk offices in the district has been opened which will be active for 24 hours.

 The contact numbers of the district and taluk level officials is updated in the control room. Warning will be issued accordingly in case of emergencies. Measures will also be taken to tackle the sea erosion menace, he said.

The district has been receiving heavy to normal showers since past one week.
 The problem of sea erosion is yet to begin as the coast has received minimal rainfall till date.

On the other hand, Udupi City Municipal administration has also initiated measures to tackle the emergencies within the city limits.

In CMC limits

CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak told that the city administration has taken action against the probabilities of flooding in low lying areas. The major problem encountered within the city limits is clogged storm water drains that impede the free flow of water.

He said the storm water drain in Kalsanka poses a huge threat during monsoon. The block in the drain will result in flooding of the areas in and around. The clog in Kalsanka drain has been cleared using two Hitachi machines.

The drain connecting Indrali to Kodavur Sai Baba Mandir has been cleaned using JCBs. This will enhance the free flow of storm water. Another major threat is road side drainages, he added. These drainages remain congested owing to the garbage that is thrown carelessly. Nearly 80 per cent of desilting of road side drains is over. The remaining work will get over soon.

However, it is a continuous process and is done manually. Garbage lying all over the city has been removed and will be continuously monitored. Branches of the trees that might create block in the road side drains are cut. Besides, three committees are formed at zonal level in east, west and centre. These committees will be in-charge of the responsibilities to handle emergencies.

Public can contact these committees and complaints received will be immediately addressed.

Nayak said the health problem which needs maximum concern is also been dwelled upon.  

Health issues are jointly addressed by district health department and CMC. Measures are taken to prevent the spread of communicable diseases like malaria and dengue.
 A meeting of the builders and private establishments is called on June 6 to issue directions to the people concerned to take up preventive actions against the communicable diseases, as migratory populace in the city is the risk areas involved in spreading the communicable diseases, he added.

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