Civic body captures voices of citizens to make city safer

With a view to capturing the views of those who have lost their loved ones or have survived the deadly 26/11 attacks,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation along with various NGOs started an interactive web portal to strengthen disaster response,on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:February 27, 2009 2:08 am

With a view to capturing the views of those who have lost their loved ones or have survived the deadly 26/11 attacks,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with various NGOs started an interactive web portal to strengthen disaster response,on Friday.

Launched in the wake of 26/11,MumbaiVOICES invites suggestions from the citizens for desirable steps to make the city a safer place. “Till now,whenever any disaster happened,only the opinions of the top brass was taken into consideration. But to draw forceful disaster management strategies,we need to take into consideration survivor’s point of view as well,” said a survivor of the Taj attack,Bhishan Mansukhani.

Data for the portal was collected from the families of the victims. The respondents narrated their experience on how they dealt with the situation and how things could have been better. Their inputs will help the civic body’s disaster management cell along with paramedics to draw better management strategies.

“When my brother was shot outside Leopold’s,we immediately took him to private hospitals. But no one was ready to admit him stating protocol reasons. Private hospitals should consider such situations rather than passing on the responsibility,” said Bharat Wagela,who lost his brother during the 26/11 attacks.

The decision to start such a portal was announced during the budget presentation for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. A similar initiative was also undertaken in 2006 after the train blasts,where bystanders,survivors,slum dwellers dotting the railway station gave their testimonials.

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