Delhi government invests more than 5 crores to strengthen disaster management in Delhi


New Delhi: After the pandemic, the Delhi government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is on alert for any calamity that causes loss of life and property in Delhi. Revenue Minister Kailash Gehlot directed the Delhi Disaster Management Authority to study the disaster management exercise in Delhi and conduct an in-depth research on how to improve it. From preliminary research, it has been observed that sometimes the equipment required to handle an emergency situation is not available with the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of the District Disaster Management Authorities consisting of Civil Defense Volunteers (CDVs) for carrying out immediate rescue operations. Huh.

Quick Response Teams (QRTs) support district disaster management authorities by providing quick response to fire, building collapse and drowning incidents round the clock. While these incidents are minor in nature and cannot be classified as a disaster as defined in the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in view of the emergency situation, these calls are taken up with utmost seriousness by the QRT. The matter was discussed with on-ground volunteers and teams working in such emergency situations to understand their challenges and ease the task of saving lives.

Delhi government is going to invest more than Rs 5 crore to fill this gap by procuring necessary equipment like rope ladder, searchlight, pickaxe, sledge hammer, spreader battery etc for all the 11 districts of Delhi. In addition, 5 aluminum boats and 10 inflatable rescue boats will also be procured for distribution in 5 flood prone districts of Delhi i.e. North East, East, North, Central and South East. To operate these boats, 50 CDVs will be trained to operate the boats and will also be trained as drivers in the flood affected districts.

In addition, heavy equipment like cranes and forklifts, truck aerial lifts, dumpers, gensets with trolleys, earth movers, recovery van beams etc. will be procured on hire basis through empaneled vendors so that whenever there is a need for these heavy equipments/machinery. services can be availed. These are compulsorily required by the districts to deal with the emergency situation. Since the equipment for the districts will be operated by CDVs, the Delhi government also plans to organize an advance training program for CDVs.

Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “Under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, we are going to re-imagine the disaster management exercise in Delhi to make the city disaster-proof. After the pandemic, the safety of citizens is our top priority and I will take all measures to protect my fellow citizens from any kind of calamity.”

He further added, “We have a team of hardworking CDVs across Delhi with a selfless service spirit. This investment will help them in their challenging job and strengthen their resolve to serve the citizens of Delhi.”

He also directed the concerned officers to ensure smooth execution and continuous research to find out gaps and solutions to strengthen the disaster management exercise in Delhi.

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