PPP to form core of Gurgaon disaster mgmt plan

Written by feBureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Feb 1 2009, 05:01am hrs
The government of Haryana has mooted a disaster management plan for the city to improve its preparedness in times of possible natural and man-made crisis. Major General RK Kaushal, senior specialist (policies and plans) of the National Disaster Management Authority, government of India, said public-private-partnership would be their keynote theme in the development projects.

To this end, the government has chalked out a Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Initiative Pilot project for the satellite city. The idea is to develop a technology-driven strategy through preparedness and early warning, he said. Gurgaon had a strategic geographic importance and it had grown to become a major industrial hub in the national capital region (NCR). At the same time, it is vulnerable to urban flooding due to a faulty drainage system, accidents and terrorism, besides chemical, biological and nuclear emergencies, he said.

As per the records of Indian Meteorological Department, Gurgaon falls in fourth seismic zone and thus, prone to earthquake. Being a premier industrial destination, Gurgaon attracts a lot of floating population. All this necessitates such a plan, he said.

He informed the meeting that a District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had been set up in Gurgaon under the chairmanship of the deputy commissioner. The projects would address the functional areas in the disaster management with a focus to upgrade the infrastructure, technological and capacity building areas.