With pre-monsoon rains making their widespread presence felt in North Maharashtra, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Office of the District Collector, Nashik, has come out with an upgraded version of its monsoon preparedness and emergency response plan.
The DDMA has designed a “flood quick action plan” which is easy to understand and implement and it streamlines the roles and responsibilities of different departments, Central agencies, district disaster management authorities and the State agencies besides the NGOs, self-help groups (SHGs) during monsoon and mandates the constitution of response system at the district and taluka levels.
“The quick action plan has laid special emphasis on ‘flood disaster’ scenario in Nashik district. The plan works on micro-planning and is self-explanatory in itself. It has defined clear-cut responsibilities for officers in different departments, and hence even though we cannot avoid natural disasters, but through micro-level planning, we can tackle it effectively and efficiently with minimum damage, said Suraj Mandhare, District Collector,
Considering the heavy rains and floods last year, and present state of water stock in the district dams which is almost four times compared to the corresponding period of the last year, the district administration in the present circumstances is well prepared to face such natural calamities, Mandhare further said.
“This type of micro-planning and visually appealing presentation helps in avoiding major chaos during disasters.
Last year we handled one of the worst floods in history. This year also we are ready to face any challenge,” he added.
Water discharge from dams soon
At present Gangapur dam complex has 34% water storage. During the corresponding period of the previous year, the stock was only at 12 per cent. While 24 projects in the district had only 9 per cent water reserves last year, this time during the same period, the reserves hold 31 per cent water stock. So citing normal and above a normal forecast of rainfall, there likely to be relatively more discharge of water from the district dams.
This quick action plan has focussed ‘flood disaster’ scenario in Nashik district. The plan works on micro-planning and is self-explanatory in itself. It has clearly defined responsibilities for officers. This type of micro-planning and visually appealing presentation helps in avoiding major chaos during disasters.
Last year we handled one of the worst floods in history. This year also we are ready to face any challenge.
– Suraj Mandhare, District collector
The plan has defined and set responsibilities for different departments and agencies including irrigation and water resources, divisional commissionerate (revenue), municipal authorities, police commissionerate, Zilla Parishad, civic health department, MSEDCL (city and rural), BSNL, agricultural department, animal husbandry, MSRTC, forest department, railway station manager, tehsildars, block development officers, NGOs and SHGs.