An emergency response centre to foster a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation as a part of disaster management in south Gujarat will be set up on the city outskirts by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). The state government will subsequently pay the SMC expenses that incurs towards the setting up of the centre.
SMC standing committee has given its in principal approval for the centre as it would benefit Surat immensely though its area of operation will cover whole of south Gujarat.
The centre with a dedicated staff of 69 people from chief fire officer to drivers would be equipped with equipment to tackle all kinds of emergencies, including fire disasters.
“We are looking at a centre that can be useful in tackling emergency situations created by flood, fire and natural calamities in south Gujarat. The location of the centre has not been decided as yet. Gujarat government would incur the expenses towards setting up of this centre,” SMC standing committee chairman Nirav Shah said.
At present, SMC fire brigade personnel have been helping the authorities in other parts of the region in disaster management. This becomes a burden for Surat Fire Brigade which has 35 per cent staff deficit. The land for the centre will be allotted by the state government, sources said.
The work on the emergency response centre is likely to begin after the conclusion of the municipal elections in the city, they added.