Surat: The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has installed siren alerting system in each of the seven municipal zones.
However about 40 sirens have been installed in each of the municipal zones, especially to alert the residents during the flood situation. A mock drill in this connection was conducted on Friday wherein all the 40 sirens were sounded for about a minute.
After the devastating floods in 2006, the civic body has installed variable message system (VMS) at about 23 strategic spots in the city in order to alert the residents about the water level at Ukai reservoir and the release of water apart from other emergency alert messages.
"The diamond city is on the flood plain and floods are a recurring phenomenon every year during the monsoon season. Thus, we have made an effective use of the public warning system to alert residents about the flood disaster so that they could prepare themselves well in advance," said Jatin Shah, city engineer.