G-20 2nd Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group Delegates Visit Emergency Operations Centre In BMC Headquarters
Mumbai, May 24 (TNA) The G-20 Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRRWG) delegates are in Mumbai for their second meeting starting Tuesday. The delegation having more than 120 members are in the city for the three-day’s meeting and today visited the heritage building of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters. The G-20 DRRWG delegates received a traditional Maharashtrian welcome.
They did a study-tour of BMC’s Disaster Management Department. The members of the delegation appreciated the Municipal Corporation’s preparedness to handle various disasters as well as the prevention and mitigation measures of BMC. The delegation also appreciated the magnificent and spectacular architecture of the 128 years old BMC headquarters.
Various measures taken by the Municipal Corporation for prevention, mitigation and preparedness in accordance with various emergency situations, the performance of the Emergency Operations Centre during various natural and man-made disasters in Mumbai so far, the equipment of the Emergency Management Department, the efforts made to increase public participation, etc. was presented and explained to the G-20 delegates.
After the 1993 Latur Earthquake, Government of Maharashtra by its notification had directed all districts to set up their control rooms for communication and coordination purpose. In 1999, a Disaster Management Unit (DMU) was set up at the BMC Head Office basement in approx 500 sq. ft area with 3 telephone lines, 2 hotlines and VHF connectivity with 33 stakeholders.
The 26th July, 2005 deluge, which is etched in everyone’s mind when the Mumbai Metropolitan Region witnessed record rainfall and subsequent flooding leading to loss of lives and properties, highlighted the importance of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Within a year, the control room was expanded to 4000 sq. ft area with modern equipment to handle emergency situations effectively with a limited staff. Further, in the year 2017, Disaster Management Department was expanded and shifted on the second floor and it started operating from a 7000 sq. ft area.