Odisha: BMC readying action plan to tackle heatwave

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today held a preparatory meeting to deal with heatwave condition in the upcoming summer season.

Mayor Sulochana Das presided over the preparatory meeting. BMC Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange and other senior officials of the civic body participated in the meeting and deliberated upon an action plan to tackle the heatwave condition in the capital city.

The officials analyzed the IMD data of highest maximum temperature recorded in the summer season in the city for the last two years to devise a strategy to manage the situation this year.

Notably, the capital city had recorded the highest temperature of 43.3 degree Celsius on April 24 last year while it had witnessed the highest temperature of 44.2 degree Celsius on March 31 in 2021.

“The Mayor asked the officials concerned to take the necessary steps for setting up of water kiosks in the city ahead of the advent of the summer. She also directed the officials to repair the defunct water ATMs. The health officials were directed to make necessary arrangements to treat sunstroke victims,” said an official.

The BMC Commissioner directed the officials to prepare department-wise plans to deal with the heatwave condition.

“The BMC will issue an SOP for common people as well as daily workers after receiving the department-wise plans. The women SHGs and social outfits to be roped in to create awareness among the city residents,” added the official.

The civic authorities will also take the help of mainstream media and social media to make people aware of the precautionary measures to fight heatwave condition.

“The BMC may form a special team to check food and water quality at various places in the city in the upcoming summer,” said the official.

It is worth mentioning here that the city recorded a maximum temperature of 34.4 degree Celsius, about 3 degrees above the normal, on Tuesday.

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