Port of Kolkata takes preparatory measures for Cyclone Yaas
The control rooms for the Kolkata Dock System and the Haldia Dock Complex have been installed, he said.
“We are constantly monitoring the situation and will stop our operations at the right time. The KDS and HDC control rooms have been manned by senior officers since May 21. Tugs and launchers will be available for any emergency,” Kumar said. .
An area of low pressure formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Saturday, which is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and move towards West Bengal, adjacent to the northern coasts of Odisha and Bangladesh around May 26 morning, the Met’s regional department announced.
The system is very likely to cross the coasts of the two states and the neighboring country on the evening of May 26, the Regional Meteorological Center said (
) Director GK Das.
Kumar held a meeting with the vice president of the port and officials from various departments to speed up the process of making the preparatory arrangements.
Authorities have rented and installed many generators at strategic locations and will keep payload chargers ready to meet any demands, he said.
The port also asked officials to ensure frontline workers with hydraulic ladders, diesel or battery powered saws and other equipment are stationed at various locations.
CISF staff and security personnel have also been urged to patrol port areas to send first-hand information to control rooms, the official added.