Bhubaneswar, Feb 11: Heritage sites must be preserved for future generations at any cost as they not only represent our cultural identities but also a driving force of our economy, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating the 2nd BIMTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 organized by the National Disaster Response Force here today.
Patnaik said it is important to undertake adequate documentation, proper identification and grading of heritage sites. “We need to improve our early warning dissemination system and capacity building for conservation of cultural heritage sites”, the CM added.
Stating that Odisha is prone to multiple disasters, especially floods and cyclones, Patnaik said that the State is well ahead of others in preparedness.
“Odisha was the first State that setup its own dedicated disaster response force in India. We invested a lot in preparedness, forecasting and resource management with an approach of zero-casualty. Over the years, we have developed immense maturity in the area of disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The UN and international media have hailed our efforts in keeping the level of destruction to a minimum,” the CM pointed out.
Patnaik hoped that the BIMTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 would0020prove to be a milestone in safeguarding cultural heritage of the BIMTEC region.
Chief Secretary, DGP, NDRF DG and DMA Member Secretary spoke on the occasion wherein delegates of 12 countries are participating.