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Rs 38 Crore For Disaster Management

Rs 38 Crore For Disaster Management

For being equipped for disaster management, the fire department of the Nasik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has planned a budget of Rs 38 crore for different disaster management related functions for the Simhastha Kumbh mela in 2015.

Months of monsoon will be there meanwhile the important period of Simhastha Kumbh Mela being. Floods or flood-like condition are possible in July-August. Furthermore, keeping in mind that priests would be staying near the bank of Godawari, the sadhus would be staying at the sadhugram at Tapovan in tents made of wood, cloth and other ignitable objects, in addition to holding havans, hard works require to be made to fire awareness.

The fire department said safety measures for crowd management to prevent a rush were also required and manages for the possibility of rush like that of previous mela requires to be taken into account.

The department added that the disaster management cell requires to stock equipment and machinery including jeeps, ambulances, various equipments and material related to safety will be required for the disaster management cell. A GPRS navigation system is also required to prepare for the event.

Two new fire brigade centres at Panchavati and Nasik West division has also proposed to be established, bearing in mind the huge arrival of tourists throughout the mega event.

The suggestion comprises of 12 ambulance, two emergency flood rescue vans, two hydraulic platforms, four Jeeps, two quick response vehicles, two mega water bowzer (16,000-20,000 litre capacity), 20 flood/search lights, 10 flood rescue launchers, one video and one still camera, 5 HP portable pump set, a van with ventilators (breathing instruments), rescue material, one life search camera, establishing fire stations near Horizon Acedemy and K K Wagh College etc.

The budget suggestion has been accepted by the Nasik civic authority's general body and has been sent to the state government for sanction.