To Alert People During Natural Calamity, WB Govt’s New Initiative


Kolkata: To alert people during natural calamity, the state government is planning to introduce a system of blaring siren (public alarm system) across the state.

Firstly the initiative will be taken in Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly. The state Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has taken up the initiative and it would also approach the Centre for allotment of funds for the project.

During an emergency or natural calamity is predicted for a particular area in any part of the state, officials posted at the control room in Nabanna will play an alert message using the system. After that the siren will be blared when the calamity is about to hit the area.

A trial run has already been held in this connection by blaring siren in Bhowanipore area. Now, the state government is planning to implement the project as early as possible, by initiating with three districts that include the state’s capital Kolkata.It may be mentioned that sirens were widely used as a public alarm system during the World War II and later again during the Sino-India war in 1962.

Thus, developing infrastructure to control the system of blaring siren from the control room at the state headquarter at any part of Bengal, which shares border with foreign countries, will also be of immense help in case of any “war-like situation”.

There is a requirement of installing around 50 to 60 sirens to cover the entire area of Kolkata. Moreover, it has to be done in such a way that it doesn’t cross the level that leads to sound pollution. Each of the sirens will be covering an area of 1.5 km to 2 km radius in the city and the coverage area would go up in rural parts.