Tripura fully prepared to tackle with any possible disaster, Agarwal

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, August 5, 2022

The Tripura Disaster Management Authority (TDMA) has taken and prep;ared massive arrangements to tackle any possible disaster across the state.

Giving details of the state’s preparedness over disaster management, Principal Secretary of Revenue department Puneet Agarwal accompanied by other top officials of the department said that in order to tackle any possible disaster the as per the Disaster Management Act 2005, Tripura Disaster Management Authority (TDMA), State Executive Committee and District Disaster Management Authorities have been setup. TDMA under the leadership of Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha are working round the clock to prepare the state for better disaster management.

Addressing the press meet here at Civil Secretariat on Thursday evening Agarwal said that TDMA has been restructured by putting subject specialists.

For disaster command, control, coordination and communication, Emergency Operation Centres (EOCs) are functioning on 24x7 basis at State and district headquarters 1070 is the toll-free no for State EOC and 1077 is for District EOCs. Now the state EOC is being upgraded to ERSS-112, said Agarwal and added that for disaster response, there is one permanent NDRF platoon at Gokulnagar and one temporary NDRF team stationed at Kailashahar for the monsoon season since the 2018 floods.

The state government has raised 4 companies of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in the line of NDRF and Civil Defence setup is now under the administrative control of Revenue Department, said Agarwal and also said that as per government decision, 1% of state population will be trained as Civil Defence Volunteers and so far 1250 Civil Defence volunteers have been trained in phases.

Revenue Department has issued Notification to all districts for using community volunteers for regular disaster management activities and they can be given honorarium at Rs200 per day per volunteer.

HAM radio has been considered as one of the alternate communication systems in disaster management. For this, the state government has decided to set up 9 HAM radio stations in all 8 districts of the state. The first HAM station at SEOC campus, Agartala is ready for inauguration soon. So far more than 1500 officials and volunteers have been trained on HAM radio operation, said Agarwal and added that so far the state has already more than 400 HAM licensed officials and volunteers who will be used for disaster management.

Agarwal said for the early warning system, there are provisions of weather forecast, now cast, lightning early warning, mobile apps (bhookamp, damini, mausam, meghdoot), Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) etc. Various Whatsapp groups have been created at state and district levels for dissemination of warnings and disaster related information.

Recently IMD has approved additional 10 Automated Rain Gauges which will be installed in Agartala and other urban areas. Also additional 7 Automated Weather Stations which will be installed in strategic locations in the state. These instruments will provide weather early warning inputs, said Agarwal.

He also said that all DMs and SDMs have adequate funds for responding to any disaster situation immediately.

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