Disaster response centre on the horizon at Porvorim


The state government will set up a state disaster emergency response centre at Porvorim which will be outsourced to a professional private agency. The centre will help response teams take preventive measures or proactive steps to mitigate the impact of disasters like flooding, landslides and tree collapse, especially in monsoon.
The centre will operate 24 x 7 and will be equipped with rain gauges and weather station, which will help monitor disaster-prone areas in real time.
A senior official informed this daily that many private agencies have shown interest to take up the job in response
to the request for proposal which was floated by the revenue department.
It may be recalled that the government had initiated the process to revamp the state disaster management system as current arrangement was found ineffective during natural calamities and disasters due to various reasons particularly poor coordination between the agencies involved in the under district disaster management authority.
According to sources, the state of Karnataka is a shining example in disaster management response services which has entrusted the job to a private agency for managing state emergency response centre. On the same lines, the state of Goa is going to set up emergency operation centre at Porvorim. The revenue department has already finalised premises owned by Goa Housing Board for setting up of the centre.
Further it was also informed that the new initiative will be geographical information system-based for disaster management, where facility of sending alert about possible calamity like rise in water level to the concerned authorities.
The official said that funds allocated by the Centre to the state for disaster management would be utilised for the purpose, adding that the professionally competent agency would soon be selected to manage the disaster management system in the state.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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