Bhubaneswar, Dec 10:
Special Disaster Resilient Habitat (SDRH) on the lines of SEZs should be developed in a cyclone-prone state like Odisha, to lure techno-agencies, builders, investors and financers to invest in disaster-resilient measures.
“Non-Government and not-for-profit organizations, the government and the corporate sector should join hands to develop such SDRH, which shall exempt the investors from restrictive laws and taxes in such zones,” Member-Secretary CYSD Jagadananda said on the inaugural day of a two-day work shop on disaster resilience measures on Tuesday.
The workshop, being organized by CYSD in association with Odisha Phailin Response Forum and Development (OPRFD), focuses on key issues like disaster-resilient habitat planning and social housing, livelihood regeneration under sustainable consumption and production pattern, besides water and sanitation intervention in areas affected by frequent natural disasters.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop, Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra called upon the development sector leaders to work with missionary zeal to reach out to the common man in a disaster prone state like Odisha.
Describing the mass devastation the state has witnessed due to the twin calamities in the recent past, Mohapatra stressed on adoption of a comprehensive framework on habitat planning. “This requires the engagement of technology, physical and social infrastructure, local knowledge and social capital,” he said.
It is worth mentioning here that, about 1.5 crore people were affected in Ganjam district alone, where 1700 school buildings, 8099 kilometers of rural roads and over 4.1 lakh houses were damaged and around 2000 villages submerged in the cyclone and flood.
“Steps need to be taken for construction of cyclone-resilient, saline-immune, earth-quake resistant structural designs, including adaptive interventions like renewable energy, rain water harvesting, disaster-resilient plantation and sustainable land and water management in a natural eco-system approach,” the Chief Secretary said.
“Besides, the state should be prepared to counter climatic hazards risks, which are expected to increase further under global climatic change due to changes in the seasonal weather pattern and increased occurrence of extreme weather events,” he added.