Administrative machinery ready to face emergency situation: Joseph

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Mumbai, May 16 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Secretary Johny Joseph has said the administrative machinery is fully geared up to face any emergency situation during the coming monsoon season.

He made this comment during a meeting held in Mantralaya here yesterday to take review of work of concerned departments before the monsoon.

He said he had directed the concerned departments to finish their work before monsoon and in disaster situation due to heavy rains, the whole machinery would work unitedly and in co-ordination.

During the meeting, the Chief Secretary took review from Commissioners of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority about work of taking out filth from rivers and nullas in the city. The BMC had completed 50 per cent work, while MMRDA had completed 80 per cent.

Mr Joseph said the extension work of Mithi river will be completed by next year. This year, protection wall on each side of the river had been constructed to prevent the flood waters from entering the city.

He further said they have identified 82 places where water gets logged heavily and at 152 places, 188 pumps will be installed from June 1 to pump out water. On railway route, where water is logged, machinery to pump out water will be installed, garbage removing work has been taken up here, he said.

During the current monsoon, if any flood-like situation arises in the city, the work to assist affected will be undertaken by BMC Commissioner, while Principal Secretary of Relief and Rehabilitation will keep control on the situation in the rest of Maharashtra.

For Mumbai city and its suburbs, ten groups of army and navy will be deployed. Eight teams of BMC will be kept ready. Also, 500 more buses will run during such situation.

Co-ordination machinery of BMC, state government, police control room, navy and army will start simultaneously.

A meeting was held with mobile companies to take care that during emergency situation mobiles will not be jammed. In the meeting, mobile companies assured that their services will not be jammed in such a situation, informed the Chief Secretary.


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