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Expedite setting up of EWS in coastal areas, CS directs officials




 Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed the officials and executing agencies to expedite the early warning system so as to provide latest information to the people in the coastal areas about natural disasters and its management.

      Chairing a review meeting at State Secretariat here, Padhi also directed the concerned officials to ensure setting up of towers at the schools, Pantha Niwas, fishing harbours, Central Industrial Security Forces camps, Gram Panchayat offices, police stations and Tehsil offices in coastal areas.

      He urged the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to provide the necessary bandwidth to propagate information on natural disasters and to the Energy Department to ensure electricity connection to run the equipment.
      Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said the system is being installed with World Bank assistance and Odisha is pioneer in setting up of this system.
      He said the system is being set up in 22 blocks of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri and Ganjam districts.
      “L&T has been selected through a global tendering process to execute the work,” he said adding the project shall cost Rs 75.09 crore.
      Sethi said the State disaster management centre will be connected with as many as 161 towers to be set up.
This includes six towers at district level, 22 at Block level, 14 in fishing jetties and 122 siren towers while six digital mobile radio stations will be connected to the system, the SRC said.
      He said people living in two km radius area of the siren towers can be given early warnings.
      The system can provide advance information about both cyclones and Tsunami disasters, Sethi added.
      The World Bank will provide Rs 66.77 crore while State government will bear Rs 8.32 crore to set up the system.





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