‘Pralay Sahayam’ programme to be held in Hyderabad on Sept 22 and 23

Two-day ‘Pralay Sahayam’, including mock exercise on rescue and rehab operations on Sep 22 and 23

By Author  |  Published: 7th Sep 2017  6:44 pm
Pralay Sahayam
An imitation colony submerged in water created by The Bison Division of the Indian Army at Sanjeevaiah Park in Hyderabad. Photo: D Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: An exercise aimed at creating awareness on urban flooding and measures to be taken as part of rescue and relief will be held at Necklace Road in the city on September 23.

The Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao will be inaugurating a mock demonstration which will be attended by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Defence, Subhash R Bhamre and Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister, KT Rama Rao.

Named ‘Pralay Sahayam’, it would have participation of armed forces including army, navy and air force along with disaster mitigation agencies and local administration. For the mock demonstration of flooding, a make-shift colony is being created near Sanjeevaiah Park.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Special Chief Secretary, B R Meena said the exercise is based on urban flooding scenario in Hyderabad and Secunderabad and aimed at synergising the efforts of agencies involved in rescue operations and instill confidence in the general public about the preparedness in case of any eventuality.

The two day initiative would also have a seminar and meeting on at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad on September 22 with experts from different agencies making presentations and laying down the standard operations procedure to be followed to avoid or minimise loss of life and property. Representatives of 10 embassies based in New Delhi and consulates based in Hyderabad have been invited for the event.

MA& UD Secretary Navin MIttal said urban flooding was a major problem faced by different cities in the country and need to be tackled on priority. Inter department coordination is very much necessary for necessitating immediate relief and rescue operations as well as taking preventive measures.

Bison Division commences works near Sanjeevaiah Park

The Bison Division of the Indian Army has already commenced works near Sanjeevaiah Park on the Hussainsagar to create an imitation colony submerged in water till roof tops. There will be people seeking help and about 1000 personnel from the armed forces along with disaster mitigation agencies.

During the one hour mock exercise, the armed forces will rescue flood victims in helicopter and boats.