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No concessions permits or authorizations are being granted by this authority. The details of various programmes/studies being undertaken by GSDMA are given below:
13.1 Housing

The Government of Gujarat introduced a holistic and extensive Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Programme designed to address the needs of the affected was people. The reconstruction of houses is probably the most innovative aspect of the Gujarat Reconstruction Programme. It has been a participatory programme with an emphasis on multi-hazard resistant construction and capacity building. The basic approach is owner-driven reconstruction. People reconstruct their houses themselves, with the assistance and facilitation of the Government. Under the programme, total 9,08,751 houses were repaired and over 2,02,343 houses were reconstructed to hazard resistant standards.


After the closure of GEERP, a special package (Package–7) for housing assistance to the earthquake affected tenants of Bhuj & Anjar cities (urban areas) was also released by the State Government. The District Collector–Kutch has begun the process of finalizing the list of beneficiaries who are eligible for getting the assistance under Package–7. District Collector–Kutch has identified 137 eligible beneficiaries under this package and the housing assistance as per the provisions of Package–7 has been released. Identification of other eligible beneficiary is ongoing.

13.2 Disaster Management :
  Dedicated State Disaster Response Force (SDRF):

As per the directions given by Government of India, every State has to constitute a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on similar lines of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) constituted by the Government of India. GSDMA, in consultation with Home Department, identified 11 teams from the existing State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and named them as State Disaster Response Force Teams, with each team consisting of 100 personnel. Thereafter, GSDMA also initiated the training of these teams through NDRF 6th Battalion stationed at Gandhinagar. The theoretical and practical trainings have been imparted to 100 personnel of SDRF teams of Vadodara and Nadiad in two training batches at Institute of Fire Safety and Disaster Management Studies (IFSDMS) at Vadodara through NDRF 6th Bn Gandhinagar with their equipments.

In the meantime, the Central Government insisted that SDRF teams should be dedicated specifically for Disaster Management and should not be involved in routine law and order related duties and hence the State Government is considering a proposal to create 3 dedicated SDRF teams to be located at (1) Vav, Taluka : Kamrej, District : Surat (2) Gondal, Taluka : Gondal, District : Rajkot and (3) Madana, Taluka Palanpur, Dist : Banaskantha. The Home Department shall depute the personnel to the dedicated SDRF teams from the existing SRPF teams in a phased manner. The Home Department shall also provide the required infrastructure for the dedicated SDRF teams whereas GSDMA shall provide training to them through NDRF 6th Bn stationed at Vadodara.

  Establishment of Flood Rescue Training Centre (FRTC) :
  GSDMA & NDRF – Gandhinagar have decided to establish a Flood Rescue Training Centre to impart specialized training for flood rescue to various stakeholders in the State. identification of the land for Flood Rescue Training Centre at Vadadala District is underway. The Centre will be operated in collaboration with NDRF. The process of finalising the Terms of Reference for operating and maintaining Centre is under consideration of NDRF. The construction work is likely to commence after getting the possession of land as well as agreement for operation and maintenance of centre with NDRF.
  Establishment of Regional Emergency Response Centres (ERCs) :
  It has been decided to establish five Regional Emergency Response Centres, one each at Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Gandhidham & Gandhinagar to respond effectively within the golden hour of occurrence of a disaster and when the situation is beyond the coping capacity of the district administration or if more than one districts are affected due to a disaster. These ERCs are strategically located across the State for rapid response. State of the art equipments / vehicles have also been procured for all the five ERCs by GSDMA. A consultative process with Chief Fire Officers of various Municipal Corporations and officials from Director of Relief, Revenue Department was also initiated for finalizing the plan for Operation and Maintenance (O & M) of ERCs and its associated equipments. It was decided that the responsibility of O&M of ERCs and its equipments be given to the concerned Municipal Corporations and the State Government should provide the necessary grant to each Municipal Corporation through the State Budget. It was also decided that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) must be signed between, CEO-GSDMA, Relief Commissioner - Revenue Department and concerned Municipal Corporation/District Collector in this regard. A meeting was held with the Urban Development & Urban Housing Development Department (UD & UHD), Government of Gujarat to finalize the draft MoUs with the respective Municipal Corporation/District Collector after which approval of Hon'ble Minister-Disaster Management was taken by Commissioner of Relief, Revenue Department for signing the MoUs. The construction work has been completed in all ERCs of Phase-I (ERC Building/Administrative Building) and in Phase-II (Parking and Workshop) construction work has been completed in Gandhidham ERC and Rajkot ERC. For Surat and Vadodara ERCs work is under process. For Gandhinagar ERC construction work for Phase-II (Parking & Workshop) is not under proposal. The MoU for Rajkot ERC was signed on 17.11.2011 and for Surat ERC on 21.12.2011. For Vadodara, Gandhinagar and Gandhidham ERC, the process for signing the MoU is underway
13.3 Baseline Socio-Economic and Livelihood Profile of Vulnerable Villages of Coastal Districts, Gujarat:
  About 30 cyclones have struck the Gujarat coast in the last 120 years, causing major damage to the settlements and the infrastructure. Economic activities which are highly risk prone to Cyclones and Storm surges in Gujarat include agriculture, animal husbandry, fishery, construction, electricity, ports and airports. In order to mitigate the effects of cyclone, a study commissioned by GSDMA identified villages in the 12 districts of Gujarat that are highly prone to the risk of cyclones, sea surges and flooding.
  The objectives of this study are to identify the major source of livelihoods and livelihood pattern in the selected villages and categorizing the villages/clusters as far as possible based on existing livelihood pattern. Also to inform to the line department for necessary actions in implementation and formation of strategies of the projects.
13.4 Flood Mitigation Study for Dhadhar Basin:
  Dhadhar River is a rain-fed river which originates from Pavagadh Hills, has a total length of 146 km and catchment area of 3990 sq. km. It has been observed that in general flooding of the area take place due to lower banks. The capacity of the river section is less and is further reduced due to tidal ingress action as blockage to disposal of flood water.
  Hence a study was initiated by GSDMA with an objective to determine the causes and spread of flood in Dhadhar river basin, and assessing flood hazards, flood risk and preparing short term and long term measures, both structural and non-structural for managing the catastrophic situation caused by the flood, in the basin. The findings are expected to contribute towards improving flood control measures through better data collection and coordination of river and dam water flow and the respective level information. The project completed successfully and the results obtained were shared with concerned line departments for planning and developmental activities in the future.
13.5 Flood & Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Ahmedabad – Dholera SIR Area:
  Ahmedabad – Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) is planned to be developed as a large industrial hub having world-class infrastructure for setting up of large industries and relevant business center. The SIR covers approximately 879 sq. km. in administrative area of 23 villages and towns. Flooding is one of the major natural hazards, which can affect the area. Being in delta portion of rivers near Gulf of Cambay, the flood hazard potential is high.
  The region is also prone to earthquake as it is in Seismic Zone III. GSDMA has therefore initiated independent studies to assess the flood and seismic vulnerability and risk assessment of the SIR area. Both the studies will help identify the hazard proneness of the area and will assist the urban planners to plan the development of the region in a scientific manner. It will also aid the prospective investors to gauge the hazard proneness of the region and plan their projects accordingly.
13.6 Hospital Fire Safety Decision Support System:

The project aims at building the capacity of hospitals for handling fire emergency. It is a decision support system that enables the hospital authorities to take quick decisions and respond effectively during fire situation in hospital. The information about various resources (physical resources including medical inventory, machines and infrastructure, as well as man-power inventory which includes the hospital structure and manpower at each level) is fed in the system. Various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are developed corresponding to various functions and these define what task is required to be accomplished during an emergency by whom. Moreover, the responders like fire department are provided information about the floor plans, the critical facilities at each plan and the type of casualties associated with each floor. This information helps them to plan their response, evacuation and fire dousing. The system also has features of generating alerts which notifies the hospital authorities, the employees of hospitals, the fire staff, the district administration etc. about the incident of fire and the SOPs required to be activated. This enables the quick flow of action during fire in hospitals.


Currently this project is implemented on pilot basis in Gandhinagar Civil Hospital and Sola Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad. The fire departments of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are also involved in this project.

13.7 Preparation of State Disaster Management Plan:
  Gujarat State Disaster Management Plan is already in place and GSDMA is dedicated to revise and update it annually based on lessons learnt, new development in the field, etc. The plan aims to act as a guide to all stakeholders in the state for all phases of disaster management cycle.
  Gujarat State Disaster Management Plan for 2015 has been revised with focus on Sendai Framework of Actions for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, vulnerability profile of the state, hazard seasonality, department wise preparedness measures, Incident Response System, reconstruction and rehabilitation, etc. GSDMP 2015 is divided into three volumes- Main Plan, Hazard Wise Action Plan and Annexure. Volume two includes action plan for earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, flood, nuclear & radiological emergencies and industrial (chemical) disaster. Volume three includes annexure for emergency point of contact, equipment inventory, suggestive formats, etc.

Development of PPP-Based Mini ERCs for Industrial Clusters


The rapid industrialization including growth of chemical industries in Gujarat has triggered multi-fold use, storage, handling and transportation of hazardous chemicals in the state. The well-equipped ERC (Emergency Response Centre) with trained man-power is one of the important steps for effective and prompt response at onset of any chemical and industrial emergency. At the next stage, Mini ERCs are being set up in vicinity to major industrial clusters of the state, namely Vapi, Hazira, Ankleshwar and Dahej areas which are far to be effectively served by the existing ERCs.


It is decided that the Mini ERCs are to be set up on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis with 40% contribution from GIDC (GoG fund), 40% from GSDMA (GoG fund) and 20% from respective Industrial Associations. The construction of Mini ERC Building at Dahej has been completed and GSDMA share of 40% for the same has also been released while the work in other three Mini ERCs in under progress.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)


To ensure prompt and coordinated response in aftermath of a disaster, GSDMA is developing hazard wise standard operating procedures. The SOPs lay down steps wise procedures to be followed by various involved stakeholders. These have been developed in hour-wise format. So far, SOPs for Cyclone and Earthquake have been developed and displayed in State Emergency Operation Centre which is nerve centre for coordination and communication during a disaster scenario.

13.9 Fire Safety and Search & Rescue Trainings
  Fire safety and search and rescue training is an essential requirement for every first responder in order to protect life, reduce suffering and property loss. Recent and earlier fire incidents have clearly demonstrated some of the major shortcomings in our fire fighting capabilities along the length and breadth of the country. The recent fire incident in a hospital in Eastern India has added another dangerous possibility and dimensions to fire accident. We need to have a serious look at the capabilities of our fire services in this context.
  The role of fire services is to extinguish fire, rescue trapped persons, provide medical first aid and also respond to the various man-made fire accidents and natural disasters. The roles cannot be performed well until and unless sufficient training is imparted to the fire service personnel.
  By keeping this in mind, training to first responders are being organized by GSDMA to ensure necessary exposure to develop their knowledge, skills, attitude, physical fitness, vision and mental alertness that they require to carry out their jobs efficiently.
  The detail on different training programmes being organized for first responders by GSDMA in the State is as under;
1) Fire Safety Training to Rapid Action Force Personnel (RAF)
  Rapid Action Force (RAF) stationed at Ahmedabad, Gujarat with the personnel strength of over 1,000. This can be a very useful resource in case of an emergency if they are properly trained. Fire fighting and rescue activities require special training so GSDMA has coordinated the fire fighting training to 211 nos. of RAF personnel through Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) at Kotarpur, Ahmedabad. The batch wise detail regarding training is given below;
Batch Date Participants trained
1 19-03-2012 to 24-03-2012 53
2 26-03-2012 to 31-03-2012 52
3 16-04-2012 to 21-04-2012 56
4 23-04-2012 to 28-04-2012 50
Total 211
2) Special Search & Rescue Training
  GSDMA has taken an initiation to organize series of training programmes with an objective to enhance capacity of all the personnel engaged with Fire & Emergency Services at Urban Local Body (Municipality) level.
  In this regard, “Special Search & Rescue Training” has been decided to organize at Jamnagar Municipal Corporation for the Saurashtra & Kutch regions. This training programme has designed for fire and emergency services personnel, especially relevant to their job role.
  The training programmes in seven batches have been completed in which over 210 personnel from Fire & Emergency Services of Kutch and Saurashrta region have been trained. Further, a special batch of 20 personnel of Home Guards from Dwarka and nearby Fire & Emergency Services (Okha, Dwarka, etc.) have been given Special Flood Rescue training.
3) Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Medical First Responder (MFR) Training to Fire Personnel
  Training of Trainers (ToT) on USAR and MFR is being coordinated by GSDMA at Vadodara under plan scheme of “Strengthening of Fire & Emergency Services in the Country” by MHA. The brief detail of training and participants are given below;
Batch Date Participants trained
1 19/12/2011 to 07/01/2012 30 (All from Gujarat)
2 26/12/2011 to 14/01/2012 16 (15 from Uttarakhand, 01 from Gujarat)
3 23/01/2012 to 11/02/2012 28 (12 from Jammu & Kashmir, 11 from Bihar 05 from Gujarat)
4 06/08/2012 to 26/08/2012 14 (All from Gujarat)
5 01/01/2013 to 21/01/2013 17 (All from Gujarat)
6 04/02/2013 to 25/02/2013 29 (All from Gujarat)
Total 134 (96 from Gujarat, 15 from Uttarakhand, 12 from Jammu & Kashmir, 11 from Bihar)
4) Basic Fire Safety Training

GSDMA is being provided technical equipments and vehicles to Fire and Emergency Services of the State to support and strengthen disaster response functions. However, proper handling and effective operation of such equipments/vehicles requires training and re-training of the staff/personnel. With a view to this, GSDMA has taken an initiation to train all of the personnel engaged with fire & emergency services. In this regard, “Basic Fire Training” for the personnel engaged with Fire & Emergency Services of South Gujarat region has been coordinated at Surat Municipal Corporation.

The training programmes in six batches have been completed in which over 65 personnel from Fire & Emergency Services of South Gujarat region have been trained.
13.10 Taluka Emergency Operation Centre (TEOC)
  TEOCs are a part of the Information and Communications Technology system (ICTS) for Gujarat State Disaster Response (GSDR). The TEOCs are extended arms of the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) and some of the critical EOC operations are transferred to the Taluka EOC. Hence, it is important to operationalize the TEOCs to complete the ICTS infrastructure for GSDR. It is planned that 29 Taluka Emergency Operations Centres (TEOCs) shall be created in different talukas in the state of Gujarat.
  The TEOCs are to be established in Nakhtrana, Mundra, Veraval, Keshod, Una, Visavdar, Mangrol, kutiyana, Umbergaon, Vapi, Anjar, Bhachau, Gondal, Morbi, Dhoraji, Kamrej, Dhaboi, Dahej (Vaagra) and Chota Udaipur, Khambaliya, Lalpur , Dwarka, Mendarda, Wankaner, Savli, Karjan, Ankleshwar and Nizar.
  Construction/establishment of TEOCs at Nakhatrana, Bhachau and Anjar Taluka is completed.
13.11 ICTS at State Emergency Operations Center
  GSDMA has constructed the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) which shall be the state’s central command and control facility for emergency preparedness and disaster management functions in an emergency situation to restore normalcy in the affected areas within shortest possible time. State Control Room has already started functioning from SEOC.
  The primary objectives of the SEOC is to ensure saving of time between reception of disaster warning and dissemination, enhancing warning capabilities and support the decision making process in a disaster situation. Information and Communications Technology Systems- Gujarat State Disaster Response (ICTS -GSDR) architecture is designed to operate on a reliable communication network backbone that will be operational on 24*7 basis. The proposed communication network is expected to facilitate effective disaster response by maintaining continuous communication between the Emergency Operations Centers (“EOC”) at state, district, taluka, Emergency Response Centers (“ERC”) and command centers specifically set-up at disaster sites using specially designed Emergency Response Vehicles (“ERV”) or portable emergency communication systems. The network will be used for information management (data, video and voice communications) and to support incident with early warning (whenever possible) and GIS based information management systems during all stages of disaster management.
  GSDMA has floated the Expression of Interest for selection of implementation agency to setup & manage Information and Communication Infrastructure at State Emergency Operation Center. GIS based decision support system (DSS) is also under development to support decision making process and geographic mapping of various events in all phases of Disaster based on the Geographical data.
13.12 National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP)
  The National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) has been drawn up with a view to address the cyclone risks in the State, in collaboration with World Bank and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), New Delhi. The main objectives of the project are to minimize risk and vulnerabilities to cyclones, to strengthen the structural and non-structural cyclone mitigation efforts and to build capabilities and capacities of people for cyclone risk mitigation in harmony with the conservation of coastal ecosystems. The different components under this project are:
  Component A: Early Warning Dissemination Systems (EWDS): The component includes providing satellite phones/alternative technology to fail proof the EWDS and strengthening the capacity of officials and village representatives in operating, maintaining and using the EWDS equipment in disaster preparedness and response. The budget provision for this component is Rs. 20.5 Crores.
  Component B: Cyclone Risk Mitigation Infrastructure
  B1: Multi-Purpose Cyclone Shelters (“MPCS”): Under this component, 112 Multi-Purpose Cyclone Shelters (MPCS) have been decided to be constructed in the 11 coastal districts of State vulnerable to cyclones and other disasters. These MPCS are of different capacities viz. 550, 800, 1050 and 1550. The budget provision for this component is Rs. 305 Crores. There are 56 sites with capacity 550 of which 38 have no issues (viz. land allocation, environment, CRZ or soil). The tender for construction of these 38 sites has been released.
  B2: Missing Roads and Bridges: Under this component, it has been decided to construct/upgrade 46 roads in the State with approximate length of 165 km. The budget provision for this component is Rs. 165 Crores. The 20 roads lying in Non-CRZ region has been tendered out.
  B4: Underground Cabling: It has been decided to do the underground cabling of Gandhidham city under this component. The budget provision for this component is Rs. 100 Crores.
  Component C: Technical Assistance: This component will be implemented by National Disaster Management Authority, New Delhi
  Component D: Project Management and Implementation Support: The budget provision for this component is Rs. 28 Crores. The “Project Management Support Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd” and “Design and Construction Supervision Consultancy Services” will be hired under this component.
13.13 Chemical and Industrial Disaster Management Plan
  Gujarat, one of the most industrialized States in the country, is known for its large concentration of chemical industries, particularly in a stretch of 400 kilometers from Ahmedabad to Vapi, known as the ‘Golden Corridor’. In Bharuch district, Ankleshwar, situated on the Narmada estuary, is Asia’s largest chemical zone.
  Due to its high vulnerability to chemical and industrial hazards, the State needs to prepare itself for any emergency situation by strengthening the emergency response system at the local level and by ensuring that the units adhere to the various existing acts and rules regarding safe handling and transportation of chemicals. Hence GSDMA has prepared a comprehensive “Chemical and Industrial Disaster Management Plan for the State”.
  For preparation of plan, a study the existing capabilities and thereafter a research and gap analysis for the state was conducted. Post this, a study of the existing system of response mechanism in the wake of chemical and industrial hazards in the State was conducted and steps were recommended to improve the response and recommend measures to minimize loss of life and property.

The Plan also includes measures for disaster prevention and mitigation related to chemical and industrial hazards.

Smritivan Construction
  GSDMA is in process of establishing "Smritivan" as a memorial in honour of 13,805 earthquake victims who died during 26th January 2001 earthquake. GSDMA has identified Bhujiyo hill in the city of Bhuj as the site for construction of Smritivan and a vision plan for Smritivan at that site has been approved. The project is expected to involve the construction of compound wall, reservoirs, sunset point, fortwall repairs, lighting, construction of museum building and plantation of trees, conference & art facilities, library, documentation & research center and an Eco park. The construction of compound wall has been completed and check dams and pathways are ongoing.
13.15 International Institute of Chemical Safety & Research (IICSR)
  A two days International Conference on the ‘Best Practices: Medium and Small Scale Chemical Industry Disaster Management and Promotion of Safety and Security Legal and Regulatory Standards’ was organized on 22-23 January, 2015 by Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) in collaboration with Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Hague, the Netherlands, Gujarat Industrial Extension Bureau and Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, Govt. of Gujarat. The conference culminated with the proposal of establishing International Training Centre for Chemical Safety and Security.
  The Institute is aimed to serve as an apex institute in the state for management of hazardous chemicals and as an institution of excellence for imparting state-of-the-art education, training and research in the fields of hazardous chemical management in general.
  Accordingly, consultancy work for preparing blueprint for the IICSR has been given to GNLU. GSDMA is in process of finalizing Memorandum of Association (MoA) and Rules and Regulations for the Institute.

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