PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that Multi-Purpose Cyclone Shelters, in Goa, are fortifying the state’s resilience against climate change impacts.
Sawant said the cyclone shelters were capable of housing as many as 500 people during disasters and emergencies and 11 such cyclone shelters were being built across Goa under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project –II.
“We cannot exactly say when there could be a cyclone or storm. However, the Indian Metrological Department is monitoring the situation and intimates the state from time to time and advises safety precautions,” said Sawant.
He said the Water Resources Department is the implementing agency for the project and this infrastructure has all facilities like sleeping area, toilets and even kitchen if the people have to be shifted even for a period of one month at a stretch.
“We also have a system where in case we hit the siren in Panaji, we will have the siren across all 11 cyclone shelters and this will activate the disaster management team who have been well trained to handle the emergencies.”
Goa Government has built 11 Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters that are equipped to provide safety during natural calamities while doubling as community spaces for education and social activities, enhancing community engagement and readiness.
Goa Government is establishing robust safety infrastructure in the state enhancing its preparedness to provide a refuge to the people of Goa in times of emergencies.