District Shahdara of the National Capital Territory of Delhi is part of the Yamuna River Edge, ipso facto, it is more prone to flood and Earthquake than the other districts. Adding to this, Districts on Yamuna Pushta are timid with migrants from various parts of the country viz. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab so forth, creating large number of narrow lined resettlement colonies, slums and industrial areas. Moreover, in the latest seismic map of the county, Delhi falls under Zone IV, which means it is highly vulnerable to multi hazards, especially Earth Quake.
Disasters pose a serious threat to all aspects of development. They results in death, and cause physical, environmental and economic damage. Disasters challenge development by destroying social stability diverting limited resources to emergency responses.
District Disaster Management Authority (Shahdara) receives a number of calls regarding fire incidents, building collapse and flood like situation etc. in the District Shahdara. Further, as per Section 30 (xiii), it is the responsibility of district authority to facilitate community training and awareness programmes for prevention of disaster or mitigation of effects of disasters.


DM Mechanism Institutions/ Nodal Department Functions

National Level Mechanism

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)

For better coordination of disaster management at national level, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is constituted. This is a multi disciplinary body with nodal officers from all concerned departments/ministries/ organizations.

Apart from these developments, the government of India has its National Contingency Action Plan prepared by the nodal ministry of disaster management. Also a National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) has been started functioning in the Ministry of Home Affairs with all sophisticated equipments and most modern technologies for disaster management.

State Level Mechanism

Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)

Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is constituted under the chairmanship of Lt. Governor of Delhi with the Chief Minister of Delhi as Vice Chairperson and Ministers of relevant Departments as members. For Delhi, the Department of Revenue has been identifies as nodal department to tackle disasters, being the Divisional Commissioner as its Nodal Officer and convener of the DDMA.

District Level Mechanism

District Disaster Management Authority, District Shahdara (DDMA-Shahdara)

District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is constituted under the Chairmanship of District Magistrate of District Shahdara, elected representative of the District (Member of Legislative Assembly / Municipal Councilor) is the Co-Chairperson, ADM (Shahdara) as CEO, DDMA (Shahdara), Delhi Police, PWD, MCD and DHS as members.

District Disaster Management Authority:

District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is created under Section 25 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 by the Parliament of India. The same has been notified by L.G. under F. DRM/ADM (HQ)/DM/Rules/2006(i). DDMA, Shahdara, is the apex planning body responsible for disaster risk reduction initiatives in the district.

The DDMA consist of the following:

  1. District Magistrate of the District : Chairperson, ex-officer
  2. Elected representatives (MLAs/Councilor) : Co-Chairperson, ex-officer of the District nominated by the LG
  3. Additional District Magistrate/ : Member, ex-officer Chief Executive Officer
  4. Deputy Commissioner of Police : Member, ex-officer
  5. Zonal Deputy Commissioner, MCD : Member, ex-officer
  6. Chief District Medical Officer, DHS : Member, ex-officer

  7. Superintending Engineer, PWD : Member, ex-officer

The Chairperson of the District Authority shall, in addition to presiding over the meetings of the District Authority, exercise and discharge such powers and functions of the District Authority as the District Authority may delegate to him.
The Chairperson of the District Authority shall, in the case of an emergency, have power to exercise all or any of the powers of the District Authority but the exercise of such powers shall be subject to ex post facto ratification of the District Authority.
The District Authority or the Chairperson of the District Authority may, by general or special order, in writing, delegate such of its or his powers and functions, under sub-section (1) or (2), as the case may be, to the Chief Executive Officer of the District Authority, subject to such conditions and limitations, if any, as it or he deems fit.