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Drain strategy to avert floods

Last year’s flash floods between July and October fresh in public memory, East Singhbhum district administration has chalked out a strategy this monsoon to effectively tackle the inundation threat.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner (DC) Amitabh Kaushal, who chaired the district disaster management cell meeting on Monday at the district collectorate, called corporate representatives, NGOs, civic body special officers, police, civil defence and army personnel for the action plan.

The meeting stressed on effective functioning of sluice gates and drains to control water gushing in from rivers Subernarekha and Kharkai.

“Water gushes into low-lying areas of the city near riverbanks through drains. So, Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan and circle officer and special officer of Jugsalai Municipality and Jamshedpur and Mango notified area committees have been asked to hold spot inspections of drains and sluice gates and submit their findings to the DC,” said East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar.

The meeting also focussed on removing encroachments near drains and sluice gates.

“The administration will carry out anti-encroachment drives wherever squatting is found in these sensitive areas,” Kumar said.

Subernarekha Multipurpose Project officials have been asked to pass information about the river’s level to the flood control tower at JRD Tata Sports Complex, no matter how late. The tower became functional from Monday.

Low-lying areas include parts of Kadma, Shastrinagar, Sonari, Bagbera, Jugsalai, Mango, Bhuiyandih and Baridih. Officials for evacuation jobs, if needed, have been assigned for each.

The administration has also asked Indian Army and Rapid Action Force (RAF) to be prepared and the corporate sector and NGOs to help procure life-saving tools. “We need two motorboats and rafts each, six paddle boats, 100 lifejackets and enough dragon lights and rope,” Kumar said.

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