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Well preparedness in Navratna Company NALCO to meet the threat of Cyclone FANI

Bhubaneswar, 02.05.2019: Navratna Company NALCO has taken several precautionary measures in view of the threat posed by Cyclone FANI, which is likely to affect Odisha on 3rd May, 2019. Corporate Office in Bhubaneswar, Smelter & Power Complex in Angul, Mines & Refinery Complex at Damanjodi, Koraput and Port Facilities in Visakhapatnam have put in place the Standard Operating Practices (SOP) – Disaster Management Action Plan.

Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO reviewed the arrangements in a meeting at Corporate Office attended by officials of plants, refinery, smelter, port facilities, outstation offices on video conferencing. Specific attention is being given for the safety of ash pond at S&P Complex & red mud pond at M&R Complex, Damanjodi. Dr. Chand said, ‘’In addition, NALCO is keeping ready disaster management team to help disaster management team with equipment to help district Administration.’’ Dewatering pumps have been kept ready with diesel generators. Continuous process plants like Refinery, Smelter and power plant will be operated at safe level. Heavy equipment like stacker – reclaimer, ship loader, etc. operating in the field are getting proper anchoring and locking to withstand heavy wind. Availability of DG sets and tree cutters to meet emergency situation, disaster Management teams in each unit have been kept ready. Control rooms have been opened. CISF, STF and other security personnel along with QRT teams are on high alert for monitoring and intervention. Fire tenders have been kept ready, first aid centres with doctors and staffs have been kept to take immediate measures.

Employees, local villagers in and around the plant and mines have been sensitised. Cable belt conveyor from Mines to Refinery will be stopped in case of heavy wind, based on monitoring input. Executive Directors in charge of plant and mines are continuously reviewing the situation along with their team.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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