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Maha to form multi-agency committee to tackle rain emergencies

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government today announced setting up of a multi-agency coordination committee to tackle emergencies in the wake of an uproar over water-logging caused by heavy rain in

Vinod Tawde, who is also Guardian for Mumbai, today held a high-level meeting with top officials of various agencies at the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) headquarters and directed them to take utmost precautions to ensure that citizens do not face hardships in heavy rains.

The meeting was held in the wake of heavy downpour that lashed for three consecutive days till yesterday.

The incessant downpour caused water-logging in many areas in the island city and suburbs, throwing the normal life out of gear.

An from BMC's who attended the meeting said, "Tawde instructed the officers to provide all-out support to people in the event of flood and other emergencies. He also announced setting up of a coordination committee to ensure better coordination among various agencies".

The meeting was attended by BMC Ajoy Mehta, top officials of and Western Railway, MMRDA (Metropolitan Region Development Authority), and (India Meteorological Department).

Tawde later told reporters that a coordination committee will be set up comprising an each from various agencies for better coordination so that (relief and rescue) work does not get hampered in absence of coordination.

The also announced that the BMC would now take a call on declaring holiday for schools and colleges in the city in the event of heavy rain.

Tawde had faced criticism for declaring holiday for schools in the rain-soaked city on July 9 in late morning when schools had already started by 7 AM.

"of the BMC has now been entrusted to take a call on declaring holiday for schools and colleges in the city (in event of heavy rains).

"Officials of the disaster management cell of the BMC will hold a meeting in the morning at 5 AM (on a day of heavy rain) and will decide by 6 AM whether holiday should be declared for all schools, including those affiliated to CBSE, ICSE board, and colleges or not. All schools will have to follow directives of this cell," he said.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 19:05 IST