Indian Army on toes to extend help to the civil administration to face cyclone Tauktae
Indian Army is continuously monitoring the situation for likely intensity, maximum impact areas and anticipated relief effort in coordination with Civil Administration, Meteorological Department, NDRF, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and other agencies.
180 teams (three teams in each column) and 09 Engineer Task Forces (ETFs) spread over the geographical area are on standby at short notice factoring in all possible contingencies and COVID situation.
Sector Commanders and Divisional HQ are in touch with District Collectors and the Revenue Commissioner who is the nodal agency for Relief activities in Gujarat. All Columns are geared up to react immediately, likely areas of high impact - Talukas and districts have been identified, Focus is to save lives, speedy clearance of routes to ensure movement of oxygen and standby arrangements at COVID hospitals.
Lt Gen JS Nain, Army Commander Southern Command has assured the full support of the Army to tide over the adverse impact of impending Cyclone. He said, "The Army has always been ahead of times and remain ever ready to help out the civil administration be it a natural calamity or Aid to Civil Administration - Har Kaam Desh ke Naam".
A Video Conference Chaired by Chief Minister of Gujarat was Attended by GOC, Army Division located at Ahmedabad. Following points are mentioned in the conference,
• Priority is to ensure “Zero loss of life”.
• Gujarat being a critical supplier of oxygen from ports to outside state destinations - all efforts to ensure routes open/opened at the earliest.
• All Covid Hospitals - standby arrangements including oxygen, power supply and physical safety of all in these hospitals.
The GOC, Army Division assured the CM of proactive support from the Army.