The long-waited monsoon has finally arrived, but the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is yet to wake up from its deep slumber.
Neither it has started a control room nor the rehabilitation centres as decided earlier. Also, it has not yet released a toll-free number to call for help in the event of any emergency or disaster.
However, while defending his side, chief fire brigade officer Shivaji Jhanjhan told reporters that orders had already been issued and a control room with a toll-free number would be set up in 2-3 days.
For the first time, the AMC had decided to open 36 centres across the city to rehabilitate victims of natural disaster. However, the decision still remains on paper.
"Two meetings of disaster management have been held, so far. The centres will be equipped with water and power supply, apart from free lodging and board facilities. We have transformed all community centres and AMC schools into rehabilitation centres," Jhanjhan said.
He also claimed that rescue team members have been equipped with batteries, flood lights, special lights operated during power cuts. "We are also ready with state-of-the-art vehicles, if any dilapidated building collapses in the city," added Jhanjhan.