Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, June 17
In view of the rainy season, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Thursday said the district administration has set up a 24x7 flood control room (0161-2433100) in the administrative complex.
The Municipal Corporation has also set up a flood control room at Daresi Ground.
Chairing a high-level meeting of all departments to review arrangements for flood control here today at the Bachat Bhawan, the Deputy Commissioner said the duty roster of staff has also been prepared in the control room to ensure it operates round the clock.
The Deputy Commissioner said officials must remain alert to avoid any sort of untoward incident due to rain. He directed the officials to strengthen flood-prone sensitive places to minimise damage in the possibility of excess water being released from the water reservoir.
He also asked the sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) to set up local level flood control rooms in their division for constant monitoring of the situation.
The Deputy Commissioner instructed them to constantly coordinate with each other via WhatsApp groups to closely monitor the situation during the monsoon season. He directed them to keep their mobile phones switched on round the clock.
Sharma said the administration had already made adequate arrangements to meet any sort of situation in the wake of rainy season.
He also reviewed the arrangements made by the Food and Supply, Irrigation, Power, Drainage, Municipal Corporation and Police departments for tackling the situation, in case of floods.
The Deputy Commissioner asked the Drainage Department to start the work of cleaning of all drains in the district. He also told the officials to install the wireless public address system in vehicles to alert people of floods.
The MC has set up a flood control room at Daresi Ground that will be made functional from July 1 to September 20.
MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal has deployed officials to perform duty in different shifts at the control room. The 24x7 control room staff can be contacted at 0161-2749120.
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