Mangaluru has factories handling hazardous material but no NDRF for emergencies

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 9: The catastrophe at Visakhapatnam has rung warning bells for coastal Karnataka that has several gas storage facilities and where toppling of LPG tankers on the road has become a common phenomenon. Factories like BASF, MCF and MRPL handle hazardous material. But the city lacks national or state level disaster response force (SDRF) having expertise and equipment to deal with emergency situations.

Accidents like the one at Visakhapatnam not only leave behind a trail of deaths and loss in terms of money, but also affect and sometimes turn the entire lives of individuals and their families hellish. People will have to lead life in an agonizing way where the nature of injuries are grave and irreversible.

The state government, realizing the need to set up a state level disaster response force in Mangaluru, had allotted land at Aralsulapadavu in Badaga Yekkar near Bajpe sometime back. But the processes like appointment of staff, building construction etc have not been undertaken. The SDRF was expected to be able handle disasters like gas leak, earthquake, Tsunami, floods, crashing of buildings, landslide and other such disasters. SDRF unit here is expected to have 100 to 200 staff with jurisdiction spreading from Karwar to Kasargod.

SDRF units had been sanctioned for Bengaluru, Kalaburagi, Belagavi, and Mangaluru. Out of these, only Bengaluru centre is working properly. A few have been posted to Kalaburagi and Belagavi centres. Two were posted for Mangaluru, and both of them are working in fire department now. Chief fire officer Tippeswamy, said that people from police, home guards, internal security force and KSRP can apply for the SDRF posts, and selected candidates are provided with training at various places including National Civil Defence College, Bengaluru.

Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said that the officials have been asked to beef up vigilance. He said he has instructed to hold a meeting of MRPL, BASF and MCF to assess their preparedness to face grave danger. He said that the officials have to make doubly sure that the systems in place to avoid disasters are fool proof.




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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, May 10 2020


    God forbid one more 'Towering Inferno' potentially could happen here....Hope and pray not...


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  • Lancy Dsa, Mudarangadi/ Kalmady

    Sun, May 10 2020

    It won't be possible for the govt to post NDRF at every part of country. It is the duty of factory to keep trained personnel to handle any accidents immediately. Atleast there should be alarming system in place which detects any gas leak and raise alarm. Even during any gas leak and subsequent fire at MRPL , NDRF can't do anything other than shifting people to safety which even can be done by some other agencies.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sun, May 10 2020

    This is the standard thought process in India !!! Authorities wakeup, after every disaster.... then to coverup their incompetency, they immediately scamper to appoint a commission of inquiry... This is primarily done, to deflect their corruption and red tapism, to fool the nation !!!

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  • Citizen, Surathkal

    Sun, May 10 2020

    All our thinking, plans, etc are 'reactive'. Have we done anything 'proactive'?

    There are four bus stand areas where every year during monsoon water accumulates for the past four years:

    1. Nitk
    2. Thadambail
    3. Near Suraj hotel
    4. Front of Govinda dasa college

    Are we expecting any improvements this year??

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  • Polinami, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 10 2020

    What is the point in establishing SDRF? What is the effectiveness and track record of Disaster relief establishment existing in other parts of the country towards large industrial disaster?
    There are already many administrative establishments to oversee functioning of the industries, like factory inspectorate, pollution control board. Make them more effective and accountable. Those who are in the industry know how these government departments are functioning!
    At the same time, large establishment like BASF, MCF and MRPL have in place robust safety system which needs specialised and focussed approach. Further they will be members of mutual aid group, which pools their resources in case of a disaster. Establishing SDRF therefore will be a drain on national exchequer.

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    Sun, May 10 2020

    Its a basic International rule when you build a hazardous factory near to the residential area then you have to equipped for the disasters ! This is our MLA and MP should know about it and do something about not only play foul around the people for the votes !!

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  • Pravin, Udupi

    Sun, May 10 2020

    All this because of 70 years of mismanagement.

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  • Ravi, mangalore

    Sun, May 10 2020

    We have resources , but have been kept for buying MLA's during elections.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 10 2020

    A great and timely article on the disaster preparedness in Mangaluru.

    The unfortunate situation, however, is that any Government team built for the purpose will evolve into yet another babu-kingdom - with too many forms, papers, licenses and rules, but too little meaningful action.

    Hopefully some day Mangaluru will learn to be as prepared as Taiwan in dealing with major threats - whether natural or human-contributed.

    PS: Even the protesters' own country seems to be getting a little closer to Taiwan on such matters.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 10 2020

    BASF, MCF & MRPL are responsible companies who can come together & make a NDRF ...

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    Sun, May 10 2020

    Nalini, shobha, Kamath, Bava, IVAN, AND MORE ....... Please read the above article and spend sometime together at least prepare for the worst not like CORONA disaster !!! your agenda to be changed from hatred to PEOPLE FRIENDLY !

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, May 9 2020

    The Road to MRPL from surathkal is full of potholes ..
    It is some joke that we are talking about safety and hazards ..Its callous Indian chaltha hai attitude

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, May 9 2020

    All these emergency measures are for people which doesn't mean anything to BJP. But BJP is building 'Detention Centres' for people who oppose them in large scale. This is the main requirement for the country as per BJP.

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