News : Chennai Corporation Opens Helpline to Address Monsoon Woes
Chennai, India, Oct 27, 2017 -- As part of its monsoon preparation work Chennai corporation on Thursday informed all its field staff to stay alert particularly at low-lying areas of Chennai and keep the motor pumps ready to discharge stormwater.
"To support evacuation, local community centres are kept ready with cooking utensils. School buildings that can double up, as temporary shelters are also ready. Besides the 1913 corporation helpline, a dedicated 24 hour flood helpline had also come in to operations at the Ripon Buildings," a senior corporation official told DC.
Briefing about the flood helpline the official said all grievances related to water logging and monsoon related complaints would be recorded and forwarded to the civic authorities seeking action.
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In case of grievances related to drinking water and sewer overflow, the complaints will be forwarded to Chennai metro water.
To clear uprooted trees and hoardings, the fire and rescue department will be roped in, the official said. Corporation had also designated civic officials to co-ordinate with the Regional Meteorological Department and Chennai city police to speed up relief works, the official added.
Earlier in the day local administration minister S.P. Velumani conducted a high level meeting to ascertain the monsoon preparatory works taken up by local bodies and state health department. He also directed the water supply department officials to ensure periodic chlorination of drinking water and also monitor identified 70,367 water bodies and ensure there is no breach flooding low lying areas.
Meanwhile, Chennai metro water authorities also reviewed the monsoon arrangements at its headquarters and all the 219 pumping stations will now be operated on 24-hour basis.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, October 27, 2017
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