While the State Government came in for severe criticism for not making any services available to ferry back the dead who perished in the Khed bus accident in Maharashtra On Tuesday, South Goa Collector N D Agrawal on Wednesday said they had five hearse vans ready for the purpose.
The Collector was speaking at a day-long community awareness programme on chemical disasters at the District Collectorate where elected representatives of panchayats and municipalities were also present.
The participants were briefed on the salient features of the off-site plan, transportation routes and role of agencies by Inspector of Factories Vivek Marathe.
Agrawal said the objective behind organizing the seminar was to brief the elected representatives staying close to the highway how to deal with emergences in respect of a disaster arising out of transportation of chemical goods.
“The seminar will brief you how to act and minimize the damage and save lives before the arrival of the authorities and agencies to the site,” Agrawal said.
He pointed out that the district Disaster Management Authority has put in place an elaborate network to act in times of emergencies, adding that a round-the-clock control room with Tel No 1077 is functioning from the district collectorate.
“We are geared up to meet any emergency. When the bus accident took place at Khed-Maharashtra, we had arranged five hearse vans to bring back the bodies,” he said.
In his address, Additional Collector, N S Navti said the seminar would help the elected representatives how to act in emergencies and take preventive measures at the spot.
Inspector of Factories, Vivek Marathe briefed the participants on the transportation of hazardous goods to the oil installations, fertilizers unit, thermal power generation nit, bulk LPG storage and bottling unit using LPG, Ammonia import facility etc.
Earlier, the seminar was inaugurated by MMC Chairperson Arthur D’Silva, who urged the agencies to be practical in their approach in handling chemical disasters. [H]