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DRM Programme

GoI-UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme
in Maharashtra State


The current status of Maharashtra DRM

Disaster management: Institutionalisation process

· Disaster Management Committees are in existence in 31 districts.

· Disaster Management Plans have already been prepared for 31 districts in the state.

· The Dy. Secretary (R&R), Govt. of Maharashtra has been nominated of as State Project Officer (SPO) of the DRM programme

· The proposal for the constitution of the State Disaster Management Unit (on the lines of a DM authority) has been initiated by Relief & Rehabilitation, GoM. This unit will be responsible for all the activities under the complete DM cycle and also cover the slow disasters like drought. It will subsume the existing Earthquake Rehab Cell that was created in the backdrop of the Latur quake of 1993. This was discussed and approved in the Central Implementation Group(CIG) meeting under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary on 07.05.04.

· The formation of the Disaster Management Authority is also under consideration

· D.O. letters for initiation of DRM programme sent by the Secretary (R&R) to the Divisional Commissioners of all the divisions of Maharashtra.

· D.O. letters for initiation of DRM programme sent by Secretary (R&R) to the District Collectors and CEOs of Zilla Parishads of all the 14 programme districts in the state.

· D.O. letters for initiation of Urban Disaster Management Programme (both UEVR and UEMP) sent by Principal Secretary (UDD) to the Municipal Commissioners of all the 7 programme cities in the state.

· First Pre-monsoon preparedness review meeting was held in the Mantralaya under the chairmanship of ACS (Home) on 16.04.2004.The second review meeting was held in BMC also under the chairmanship of ACS, Home on 21.05.2004. Pre-monsoon preparedness initiative by all the district collectors in their respective districts on the advice of the State Government.

· An Under-Secretary from the Urban Development Dept. has been nominated as the nodal officer for the Urban Disaster Management Programme under the DRM programme in the state.

· Review meeting held under the chairmanship of the Hon. Chief Minister to review the monsoon preparedness of the Mumbai city and the adjoining areas.

· Secy. R&R participated in the Annual Relief Commissioners’ Conference.

· Meeting held to review the staff position for the proposed State Disaster Management Unit.

· A Draft Evacuation Plan was prepared for the Sahar International airport.

· Nomination sent by IIT, Kanpur nominating Govt. of Maharashtra for UN Sasakawa award for Disaster Risk Reduction.

· R&R coordinated with MHA, GoI for the rescue of marooned tourists in Silvassa resort due to flash floods.

· The composition of flood relief planned for the flood affected people of Surat district in Gujarat


Capacity Building

· The first State level Orientation and Consultation Workshop on the Urban Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction Project [UEVRP] was organised on Monday 12.01.04, at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration [YASHADA], Pune. It was attended by earthquake-engineering experts, representatives from technical institutes, insurance organisations, city engineers from the respective municipal corporations of programme cities and also representatives from other major municipal corporations of Maharashtra like Kolhapur and Pimpri-Chinchwad to share their experience in this field. All the participants shared their views and opinions regarding the implementation mechanism to be adopted to ensure the practice of earthquake resistant design and construction in the urban centres of Maharashtra. A set of recommendations for ensuring successful implementation of the project activities was also drafted simultaneously based on the common consensus, as one of the major outcomes of the presentations and discussions. As a follow up of this workshop, meetings were held with the City Engineer, (Pune MC), jointly with the Dy. City Engineer, Asst. Engineers, Building Supervisors and Junior Engineers.

· The 1st Municipal engineers’ orientation on Seismic Safety of Buildings was held on the 2nd and 3rd April 04 in Mumbai. It covered the engineers from the corporations of Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Bhiwandi. The 2nd Municipal engineers’ orientation on Seismic Safety of Buildings was held on the 18th and 19th June 04 in Nagpur. It covered the engineers from the municipal corporations of Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Satara, Karad and Nagpur itself. Thus municipal engineers of all the programme cities (plus 2 other municipal councils) have been oriented on the relevant issues.

· The SPO for the DRM programme along with an associate professor from the Centre for Disaster Management of YASHADA, the state ATI in Pune, was sent to LBSNAA, Mussoorie for a specialised training on Incident Management System.

· An international conference on the subject ‘Disaster Management - Reducing Urban Risk through International Cooperation’ was jointly organised by the Govt. of Maharashtra, BMC, IIT Bombay and Earthquakes and Mega-cities Initiatives (EMI). Besides India, it was attended by delegates from China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan.

· As advised by the MHA, Govt. of India, the Govt. of Maharashtra has identified two institutions for conducting training of trainers on Search & Rescue. The list of ToT have also been submitted.

· A sensitization programme for architects in Mumbai was organised in partnership with MHA, GoI and Indian Institute of Architects (IIA).

· Discussions were held on the training of the Search & Rescue (SAR) of four municipal corporations in Maharashtra. These trainings are to be started after the end of the monsoon season.

· The Collector of Dhule district was nominated by the Govt. of Maharashtra for a training organised by the MHA, GoI at LBSNAA on Incident Management System.

· Discussions held with IIT professor on landslide vulnerability in Maharashtra.

· FEMA team visited Maharashtra to review the EOC network at the state, divisional and district levels

· “International Workshop of Disaster Management – Focus on Cross-cutting Capacity Development” was organised in association with MCGM, IIT Bombay, EMI and EdM. The Dy. Secretary R&R made a presentation on the EOC network in Maharashtra for effective disaster preparedness in the same workshop.

· Presentation on GIS based DMIS by NIIT-GIS

· Addl. Professor of CDM, YASHADA sent for international training on Incident Management System in USA


Multi-hazard Preparedness planning and network of Emergency Operations centres

· District Control Rooms are present in all the districts of the state.

· All the DCRs have been assigned a 4 digit access code i.e. 1077

· Work on the reorganisation of the state Emergency Operation Centre in the Mantralaya in Mumbai has been initiated in consultation with the DIT and PWD.

· A few city level EOCs in different municipal corporations / councils have also been established.

· The State Disaster Management plan is being reviewed. It will be followed by review of the District Disaster Management plans.

· Project “Dial 108” was launched by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai on 06.02.04. It is a Disaster help line for the city with an access code ‘108’ and its objective is to provide a single point interface for reporting disasters and to mobilize a coordinated and speedy response by various agencies to meet the respective emergency situations.

· Discussions were held with Mumbai Port Trust officials on finalisation of their Disaster Management Plan for this port dating back to the 19th century. The DRM team visited the port for assessing the status of the infrastructure inside the port premises.

· Scarcity-akin contingency plan was prepared and shared with the Union Agriculture Secretary

· Probable scarcity-akin situation was reviewed by the Minister of State in PMO.

· HAM team sent to Bihar for providing emergency communication support for the flood relief efforts of the state government.

· Communication sent to MHA and UNDP for requesting Equipment support for the revamped EOC.


Disaster management and mitigation awareness generated at all level

· Preparation of a calendar on disaster preparedness and a DRM flier was initiated with a local designer

· Audio visual materials prepared by GoM, after the Latur earthquake, have been reviewed for screening at public places.

· A state level Fire Workshop was organised by the Indian Institute of Fire Engineers and inaugurated by the Secretary, R&R, Govt. of Maharashtra.

· Posters on Do’s & Don’ts on earthquake were distributed in the workshop on disaster management arranged by All India Institute of Local Self Government, Pune.

· Meeting with the media on disaster management was arranged in conjunction with DG, IPR in Mantralaya on 15.06.2004

· Meetings scheduled with Secretary, Education on incorporation of DM related material in school curriculum.

Disaster Resistant and cost effective housing technologies promoted

· A training programme for architects and engineers on the application of earthquake resistant techniques in construction was organised on 21st Oct 03 with the help of Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation and Indian Society of Structural Engineers (ISSE), Mumbai chapter.

· In Pune, a seminar titled ‘Integration of Seismic Components in Planning and Designing’ was organised on 29.10.03 (National Day for Disaster Reduction) jointly by the Institution of Engineers India, Pune local chapter and Government College of Engineering, Pune.


Legal and techno-legal framework revised, policy framework promoted, and systems created to ensure their compliance

· A national level workshop was held on ‘Rapid Vulnerability Assessment of Building Stock’ on the 3rd and 4th September 04 by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

· A Base Report on earthquake vulnerabilities of seven programme cities of Maharashtra was initiated in April 04. The report shall act as a guideline to the decision makers before, during and after a disaster. It will contain all the important ward-wise information on the city profile, location of wards, soil statistics superimposed with building stock and population density, list of all important lifeline buildings, open spaces written and demarcated on maps, etc. The outline of the report has been finalized in April 04 and work was initiated for the city of Pune. This shall be followed by reports for the cities of Mumbai, Bhiwandi, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Thane.

· Meetings were held with various functional experts in structural engineering on techno-legal issues to be covered under the programme.

· A consultant is being appointed as a Seismic Adviser for supporting the activities under the UEVR programme.

· Letter was sent to the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Maharashtra regarding the integration of earthquake engineering as a part of the engineering curriculum. A meeting to this effect is to be arranged shortly with the Secy. Higher and Technical Education.

Networking and knowledge sharing between Government, NGOs/CBOs, institutions and stakeholders involved in disaster management

· Meeting between the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra and the Railway Advisory Board on Disaster Management, on how the Railways could assist the State Government in its Disaster Management efforts and vice-versa especially in the event of rail accidents within the state of Maharashtra.

· Discussions with Indian Red Cross, Maharashtra state branch was held on a possible collaboration of the organisation with the State Government on the implementation of the DRM programme at the community level.

· An MoU has been drafted and sent to Indian Red Cross Society, Maharashtra branch. The latter has forwarded the same to their country head quarter in Delhi for their comments.

· Meeting held with Dy. D.G.(W.R.) of All India Radio for effective dissemination of early warning through the radio network.

· All 35 districts have started entering data into the IDRN web portal. As of now 2818 number of records has been entered.



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