THE DISASTER management cell of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has prepared the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to tackle any situation during monsoon and has listed 38 works with the responsibilities that have to be done in preparedness during monsoon to check any tragic incident.
FIRE BRIGADE: As the monsoon season is approaching, the Fire Brigade has geared up for speedy responses in cases of water logging, tree collapse and large scale water accumulation in areas of low elevations. Pune Fire Brigade chief Prashant Ranpise said, “We have kept our equipment like chain cutters for trees, tree mover cranes, boats and water pumps ready. They have been kept at the central fire stations and also at the fire stations where we know they may be required. We have identified as many as 20 locations which are prone to water logging and the respective fire brigade stations have been given instructions accordingly. We also have a plan in place that has elaborate steps to be followed in case of very heavy rains.”
TRAFFIC POLICE: THE TRAFFIC control branch of the Pune city police too have geared up for tackling traffic snarls, jams and for emergency traffic diversions in case of water logging or tree collapse.
Kranti Pawar, Inspector (Planning) with the Traffic Control Branch of Pune city police, said, “There are certain junctions, which may face slow-moving traffic and bridges like the Bhide bridge, which may have to be shut, in case of water swelling. Our first priority is to keep the traffic moving and avoid any jams. We have to divert the traffic on alternate routes and these decisions are taken by respective traffic divisions based on early inputs from the agencies like the PMC or based on observations of our own deployed traffic police officers.”