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BJP demands white paper on disaster management activities of Tripura

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Agartala | Sunday, Aug 13 2017 IST
 
The BJP Tripura state committee today sought a white paper on Chief Minister Manik Sarkar's role as Chairman of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and details of expenditure under disaster management plan for the past five years. BJP president Biplab Kumar Deb said that only 170 mm rainfall had made Agartala almost like a river due to unplanned growth and failure of the government to maintain proper drainage and water evacuation system of the city. The flash flood has exposed the fragile scene of disaster management plan of left front government. Thousands of people were stuck up at home for whole day because the administration could not manage to rescue them on time. "It appeared SDMA doesn't have adequate boats and rescue materials as well as manpower to manage the disaster in the state. In the capital city, it took 7 to 9 hours to conduct rescue operation hiring boats from other districts and security forces were mobilised to rescue people," Deb said. The central government has been providing a huge fund for development of disaster management infrastructure in the state but the government did not do anything except misusing the fund for political purposes, he said adding that the state had receive enormous amount of money for urban development, which were spend without any plan. "We want a white paper on disaster management activities carried out in the state in past five years and the fund used for disaster management infrastructure," Deb stated. He alleged, the state government has failed to tackle the situation arising out of flash flood with over 10,000 families are still sheltered in several relief camps and stated, the government did nothing for capacity building to handle flood situation that resulted in sufferings of living in low lying areas of the city and its adjacent areas. Deb alleged despite getting support from the centre, left front government could not prepare any master plan for Agartala city in past 25 years and just constructing some buildings and covering the drains narrowing the size, which lost carrying capacity of flash water. Moreover, absent of proper waste management system everything is coming down ultimately to storm water drain and there is no system of periodical cleaning of drains. Encroachment of public space, dumping of construction materials on roads, letterings of waste in the drains and water-bodies, which made city life horrible, he added. Meanwhile, revenue and disaster management minster Badal Choudhury stated that flood situation of Agartala is improved and water started receding in the low-lying areas and people began returning home. "The government has already constituted several health teams to monitor the health and environment issues in flood affected areas. Two other committees are constituted to estimate the loss and helping the affected people," Choudhury said. He denied the allegation of BJP president and said the statement was political. Tripura administration opened 68 relief camps to accommodate more than 56,000 people has been affected due to flash flood in three districts of West Tripura in past two days. A class IX student was electrocuted in Noangoan area of Agartala last afternoon while rafting on flood water and four persons injured, more than 70 houses were collapsed and landslides on Kumarghat-Agartala railway track disrupted train movement.UNI BB AKM

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