Friday, February 5, 2010

DDMA set up Disaster cells ahead of Games

Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has moved one step ahead to set up a disaster cell months before CWG.

The Commonwealth Games may be some months away but the Delhi disaster management authority (DDMA) has already started making arrangements. The DDMA is setting up a 24-hour control room in all its nine districts, with a central control room that is already operational. The idea is to groom a crack team of volunteers who can manage any disaster situation, said sources.

The east district was one of the first to start its control room from earlier this month, running 24x7. The control room will work in three regular shifts of eight hours each and will be operated by two civil defense volunteers.

‘‘The purpose of the control room is simple. With it, we will be able to fulfill various objectives like reduction in response time, strengthening of the incident command system as well as increase in co-ordination and communication at the sub-divisional level,’’ added the source.