Vadodara Collector Atul Gor has directed provincial officers, police officers, and Mamladars to visit flood-affected villages to ascertain the situation before the monsoon.
The word “Mamlatdar” is derived from Arabic Word MUAMLA (Mamla) means complicated matters or cases and the officer who solves such matters or issues is called Mamlatdar. The Mamlatdar is the Head of revenue administration comprising an average 50 or more groups of villages.
Mr Gor was evaluating disaster management and preparedness at the Collectorate in view of possibility of heavy rains during the monsoon. A control room will be started from June 1.
The Collector also inquired about the condition of equipment including boats, rain gauge meters, rafts, dewatering pumps, bulldozers in Vadodara district from the concerned officer. He emphasized the need for better coordination between the police and the administration in times of disaster.
The Roads and Buildings Department has been asked to replace the old boards and place new boards on the causeways. Control rooms have been set up by the Forest Department as per its perimeter office and the rooms will be equipped with tools for felling trees and removing trees that have fallen.
It was suggested at the meeting that preparations be made keeping in view floods in Vishwamitri river in the past. The Collector also urged the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to provide one or two teams to Vadodara in case of any emergency. He also suggested that swimmers in Vadodara city and rural areas be given training by NDRF. He said that about 240 disaster friends have been prepared in rural areas. He stressed the need to educate villagers on ways of taking precautionary measures against disaster. He said that if the disaster friends at the village level are equipped, help can be sent immediately. In addition to providing necessary food, arrangements should be made for safe places and medical teams.
Mr Gour said, “ I have visited many villages affected by heavy rains and the situation may have changed a lot between 2019 and now. It is necessary for the provincial officer, mamlatdar and police officer to visit villages in the next 15 days and make necessary changes in disaster planning.’’
The Chief District Health Officer said that in the past, arrangements have been made at Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the affected villages between July 1 and October 1 for expecting mothers.