The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will soon issue
National Guidelines for management of urban flooding in India. Shri M
Shashidhar Reddy, Member, National Disaster Management Authority told
the this to newspersons, at the end of the one day state level workshop
on “Urban Flooding : Management Issues and Challenges in Cities and
Towns of Maharashtra” in Mumbai today. Shri Reddy said, that urban
flooding is significantly different from rural flooding, with a risk
level three times higher and recognizing this fact, that the NDMA is
formulating guidelines on managing flood damages in cities and towns.
“Though the Municipal Corporations and Urban Development Authorities are
doing their bit to manage floods, many have not been able to cope up
with storm water drainage, drinking water supply and traffic management.
The NDMA Guidelines, once out, would come in handy for urban authorities
to implement best practices.” he said. Shri Reddy informed that the NDMA
Guidelines will focus on Science & Technology tools for effective early
warning and monitoring, with sate-of-the-art equipment.
Prof.Kapil Gupta of IIT, Mumbai and the Convener of the NDMA Steering
Committee on Urban Flooding stressed that early warning systems are the
key to disaster management and informed that 26 rain gauge systems have
been put in place in Mumbai. A Doppler Radar, which will predict
rain-fall over the next six hours period is also being installed at