Hyderabad, India: The latest version of the web-based GIS emergency planning and response system developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) will soon be incorporated in factories in Mahbubnagar, Krishna and Nalgonda districts of Hyderabad, India. Sanjay Singh Gehlot, Deputy Director General, NIC, said, “The latest version aims to minimise damages during explosion or chemical accidents in industries.” The first phase the technology was launched some eight years ago.
Recalling the Bhopal gas tragedy and Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the recent Tsunami threats, Gehlot underlined the need of creating awareness about how to tackle disaster situations with proper involvement of the community. More mock drills should be conducted at the local levels to share the knowledge in emergency preparedness, he said.
According to G Balakishore, Director, Department of Factories, there are about 153 major accident hazardous (MAH) factory units across 21 districts in the state. With the new system, maps, images, resource data, vulnerable zones, related to MAH units can be recorded which would help prevent off-site damages at a factory in emergencies, he explained.
Every district in the state, with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, has prepared off-site emergency plans considering measures like rapid safety audit and hazard analysis, Balakishore added.
Dr Chhanda Chowdhury, Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), opined that the state should consider providing training to police on disaster management, as no enough mock drills were being conducted. Medak collector S Suresh Kumar urged the need of a specialised wing in police and fire departments to deal with industrial disasters.