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BMC chalked out strategies to fight waterlogging and urban flooding situation

Bhubaneswar:13/8/18: With the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) predicting heavy rain in the city during the next 36 to 48 hours, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with other departments chalked out strategies to fight waterlogging and urban flooding situation.

BMC Commissioner Dr. Krishan Kumar convened the multi-department emergency meeting at the BMC Conference Room in the evening and briefed the senior officials to be vigilant during the next 36 hours and work in tandem with the strategy and the experiences gathered from the last water-logging situations.

The Municipal Commissioner said off day and leave of all staff of BMC and BDA remained cancelled so that better coordination would be done to face the situation in the city.

The BMC and Odisha Fire Services have pre-positioned nearly 30 water pumps at vulnerable locations across the city, where the rest 22 are for the developing situation as rains have started across the city after evening hours. Both the agencies have 52 pumps (BMC 19 and Fire Services 33) pumps with them to face the situation.

Meanwhile, the city has been divided into 13 sub-zones or sectors with senior officers taking their sectoral positions and in-charge of decision-making activities during heavy rains. Every sub-zone will be having 4 to 5 supporting staff including the Ward Officer, who will be the contact person for that particular ward.

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