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Rain situation and flood management in the city


Shri Dharam Pal, Adviser to Administrator, UT Chandigarh, along with other senior officials of Chandigarh Administration, held a press conference at UT Secretariat Sector-9 Chandigarh to brief about the rain situation and flood management in the city.

The region has experienced unprecedented rainfall for last 3 days of 325 MM which according to IMD is the highest rainfall recorded ever in the history. Chandigarh Administration had taken pre-monsoon measures such as;

· Cleaning of Road and Gullies

· Identification of critical points requiring from the water logging pointy of view and stationing of temporary pump sets

· Handling of foliage

· Preventive pruning of trees

· De-siltation of the drains

· Cleaning of choes

· Setting up of Control Room

· Jetting suction machines

· Deployment of machinery for fallen trees

· If required Community Centres will be set up as Relief Centres

· Since the onset of the present deluge 18 Quick Response Teams (QRTs) have been functional in the city round the clock. Emergency helpline have been operational for 24x7 for complaints of fallen trees blockage of sewers.

· 01 NDRF team consisting of 30 persons have been kept on standby

The City has experienced the following issues during the last 3 days

· About 4-5 cave ins of 14-15, 46, 36 sectors have been cordoned off

· 06 people were rescued in Daria and Hallo Majra

· Two water pipelines from Bhakra Dam i.e. Phase 3 and Phase 1 are fully damaged.

· Only 02 pipelines Phase 4 and Phase 2 are functional delivering 40MGD of Water

· Phase 5 and 6 were temporary shut down as a precautionary measure but are now fully functional. Total requirement of water in the city is 80 MGD and from these pipelines 6 mg is given to Chandi Mandir 6 to PKL present availability of water is 60 MGD from pipeline and 20 MGD from underground water. So the water supply of the city is deficit by 12 MGD. This shortfall will be shared proportionately by Chandir Mandir, Chandigarh and Panchkula. Currently, we are supplying water to the city : 4 hours in the morning and : 4 hours in the evening. This will be now with immediate effect will be reduced to : 3 hours in the morning and : 3 hours in the evening. Today evening there will be no water supply in the city.

For emergency purposes the water will be supplied through tankers, if required.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TAKEN BY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

· All doctors and para medical staff has been put on high alert and leaves of all kinds have been cancelled

· Adequate number of beds kept in the trauma ward and in ICU for any kind of eventuality in view of heavy rain and water logging

· The Blood Bank has been adequately stocked with blood units of all blood groups for any exigency

· The operation theatres have been kept ready and adequately stocked for any emergency surgery.

· The Emergency at all Hospitals including GMCH-32, GMSH-16, CH-22, CH-45 and CH-MM has been put on high alert

· All ambulances are kept road worthy and have adequate amount of drug kits/stretchers/oxygen cylinder.

· Public Health Department are functioning round the clock to ensure that drainage system is functional to prevent water logging

· The Health Department is regularly issuing Health Advisories for the prevention of water/food borne, vector borne diseases to the general public.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TAKEN BY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

1. Schools Colleges and technical institutes have been closed till 13.7.2023

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TAKEN BY ELECTRICITY

· To handle the complaint related to electricity, fallen down of trees, road repairs, water logging etc. pertaining to Chandigarh Administration,a Citizen Facilitation Centre has been set up which works on 24X7 basis on no. 0172-4639999. Further, one dedicated Control Room has been established at Sukhna Lake to monitor the level of Lake on 24X7 basis i.e. 0172-2991109 and to coordinate with the different department during opening of flood gates in case of emergency.

· All substations are being manned for 24X7 by deploying dedicated team to monitor its functioning.

· In order to attend the emergent complaint related to water logging road repairs, tree falling etc. pertaining to Engineering Department a dedicated 16 teams of officers with necessary manpower and machinery have been put in place.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TAKEN BY POLICE DEPARTMENT

· 400 traffic personnel are specially deployed for managing the traffic congestion due to water logging and flooding and they are working in close coordination with civic authorities.

· We are continuously giving information to public through social media about the latest status of the roads and traffic condition of Chandigarh

· 32 Police emergency response teams have been deployed and are working round the clock.

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