Absent Officers Will Face Criminal Action, Will Be Put Behind Bars: Cuttack Collector

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01 May 2019

Bikash Sharma

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Cuttack:  With extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm 'FANI' fast approaching Odisha, Cuttack Collector Aravind Agrawal exhibited his ire on absent officers in a review meeting held on May 1. He said, “The officers who are absent will face criminal action. They will be put behind bars.”

As the tropical cyclone is all set to make its landfall on May 3 afternoon in Odisha’s coast, the administration of all the districts are on their toes.

Talking about their preparations to the media persons, Aravind Agarwal said, “There will be extensive damage to all types of kutcha houses in the villages, so the people will be shifted from kutcha to nearby pucca houses. The low lying areas in Cuttack city will be evacuated. The necessary food material and necessary items will be provided to them.”  

“We are expecting that there will be extensive uprooting of communication and power poles which would result in disruption of power supply to many places. This would affect the drinking water supply in many villages. So back-up generators are being set up at such places,” he further added.

Team of doctors will be stationed in areas which are expected to be affected more. The necessary medicines and life-saving drugs are stocked in hospitals.

The animal husbandry department, the health department,fire and ODRAF team have already begun their preparations.  

He informed, “We are keeping an alert for the whole district, though initially it was felt that Niali and Cuttack city will be most affected. The interior pockets of the district are stocked with ample amount of rice and other PDS materials. Dry food like chuda are also stored.”

“We should not panic in such situation but work together to ensure successful in evacuating the people. Panic-buying and hoarding should be avoided or else strict action will be taken.”

Evacuation will be made from tomorrow.

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Aravind Agrawal, Collector, Cuttack