**Bhubaneswar:** Over the years, people in Bhubaneswar have started to dread heavy rainfall. Come monsoon, a number of areas of the city get plunged in knee-deep water. This season the city was witness to such a scenario on two occasions – June 30 and July 15-16.
With the Indian Metrological Department (IMD)’s forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Odisha from Monday night, water-logging fear haunts the city yet again.
Amidst a prediction of 48-hours of rainfall, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities have pulled up socks to face any eventuality.
The BMC and Odisha Fire Service Department have readied 52 pumps to tackle waterlogging situations. About 30 of them will be pre-positioned at most vulnerable locations by 7 pm today, while the rest are on stand-by.
Total 19 pumps have been provided by the BMC, while 33 of them sourced from the Fire Services, a BMC official said.
Municipal Commissioner Dr Krishan Kumar has directed all senior officials, staffers and workers to stay on high alert on August 14 and 15.
The sanitary inspectors and nodal officers have been asked to be stationed and keep a close watch on their respective wards.
Dr Kumar has called a high-level meeting with Public Health Engineering Organisation (PHEO), Water Resources Department, Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) and Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board (OWSSB) officials today evening to take stock of the preparedness and chalk plans to tackle impending situations.
All officers, engineers and field staff of BMC will also be present at the scheduled meeting, the BMC official added.