India prepares water supply for CBRN attack

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation of Mumbai, India, is preparing a water supply management plan to prevent and tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terror threats in Mumbai and the Bhabha Atomic Research Center.

BMC chief Subodh Kumar recently said that the city's current disaster management cell was unable to bail out citizens in case of such an eventuality, DNA India reports. The Central Ground Water Board of the central government's ministry of water resources is aiding the BMC in the plan's preparation.
“The plan will be submitted to the World Health Organization for further funding," an official from the BMC’s disaster management cell said, according to DNA India. "The approximate cost of the project will be about Rs1,000 crore (U.S. $21,631,427)."

The plan involves the purchase and use of equipment that can stop the water supply immediately in the event of a disaster and a system that alerts staff deployed at lakes and dams about any security breaches and the quality of the water.

The BMC's disaster management cell has yet to procure specialized manpower or a sophisticated mitigation plan to tackle any eventuality. The CGWB asked the BMC to appoint a specialized officer who could coordinate with central government agencies and handle the issue.

The disaster management cell has also planned to obtain equipment like bio-science labs and decontamination chambers to serve as a public health monitoring system.