The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to open Disaster Management Centres (DMCs) in all its eight zones in the next five months. The DMCs will be set up to provide medical treatment to people in case of a terror attack, spread of diseases or any emergency. They will function under Joint Commissioners. These centres will have a medical officer and a nodal officer in each zone. “Currently, the BBMP’s disaster management centre operates only on important days like Independence Day and Republic Day, when pressed into service. We felt the need for such units to be set up, so that in case of emergency during building collapse and fire accidents, the zonal DMCs can act a point of service,” said Vijaykumar Biradar, BBMP Deputy Health Officer (DHO) for Mahadevapura.
Only 10 pc Funds Used
It can be recalled that a resolution to this effect has been passed in the BBMP council and it is waiting approval of the state government.
“The existing disaster management centre is allotted `40 lakh each year and hardly 10 per cent of the money gets utilised,” Biradar added. The deputy health officer said both the private and government hospitals under each zone will have to be registered with the respective DMCs and provide service in case of emergency, the cost of which will be borne by the BBMP.
Eight Zones to Get Cell
The service will be available in all the eight zones of the BBMP - East, West, South, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Bommanahalli, Yelahanka, Dasarahalli and Mahadevapura, the BBMP official said.