In the year 1978 parts of Bengal had witnessed devastating flood. The State received 332 speed boats and OBMs from Govt. of India as donated by the European Economic Countries. These boats were utilised for the rescue and relief operation for the flood affected people. With these boats the Civil Defence Organisation , West Bengal opened new Water Wing Organisation.
Recruitment started from June, 1980.
2. STRENGTH :Together
539 posts sanctioned comprising of 1 Commandant, 1 Dy. Commandant, 2 Company
Commanders, 8 Asstt. Company Commanders,
25 Platoon Commanders and 484 Agrami Operators. In addition there are Technical
Supervisor- 1, Foremen-2, Mechanics-12, Accountant-1, LDC-1 and Peon-1.
3.NATURE OF DUTY
:The personnel of Water Wing Civil Defence (WWCD) undertook a
number of rescue and relief operation in flood prone districts of West Bengal.
In 1981 they undertook the same duties in Orissa. They rescued the students of Artificial Limb Manufacturing
Corporation Ltd. from their hostel ,
near Cuttack, at mid night. This was highly appreciated by the Orissa Govt.
During the years 1983-86 the WWCD personnel
performed rescue and relief operation during flood in Assam.Every year they performed duties in GangasagarMela
to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims during their holly bath in the
Bay of Bengal. The people in general still remember the rescue and salvage work
by the personnel of this Organisation when launch ‘Ma Avaya’ capsized in the year 1994, accident of trawler ‘Ma
Sarojini’ in the year 1995. In addition
WWCD take part in Swimming competition
during Gangotsav at Diamond Harbour, Murshidabad utsavat Berhampur,
perform duties during immersion of Goddess Durga & Kali at Kolkata,
immersion of Goddess Jagadhatri at Chandannagore&Rishra, Rathajatra at
Serampur, Mahesh &Guptipara and Rashjatra
atNabadweep. They also perform similar duties in North & South
24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts. Apart from water related rescue and
salvage duties they performed rescue and relief
duties at Entallyt&Tangra
area in Kolkata during the Riots of 1992, during the Train accident at Lake
Gardens Station, the collapse of Kundalia buildings at Collins Lane in 1993,
the collapse of Sibalik Apartment in 1995 and during the Bomb explosion at
Bowbazar in 1993. In August, 1995 the
WWCD were placed into service with a boat capsized in Damodar at Majila,
Purulia with a large number of boarders. Their services were appreciated by the
local authorities and the people. The WWCD performed rescue operation from July
to October, 1995 in the flood prone area at Labhpur and rescued a large number
of flood affected people and shifted them to flood centres by speed boats. They
were also engaged to carry and distributed the relief materials to the affected
people.They also engaged in Wireless transmission duty of flood warning message
through various R.T. stations in Jalpaiguri & Cooch Behar districts under
the Irrigation Deptt. The WWCD personnel
imparted training to the members of Meghalaya Police, Excise Deptt. and Rapid
Action Force on rescue operation.A mechanised boat with 100 passengers capsized
in the river near Kakdweep in October,
1995, the WWCD personnel carried out search and rescue operation and
recovered dead bodies near Ghoramarachar of Bay of Bengal putting their lives
at great risk. Polling booth duties are
also performed by the personnel during the elections.
The WWCD personnel with boats and OBMs are deployed
during monsoon from June to October to defend flood prone districts of West
Apart from this the WWCD personnel are kept stand-by at
Kolkata to meet water related disaster like situation in Kolkata and its
Presently WWCD is
having its HQrs. at 81/2/2, Phears Lane, Kolkata-12, 2) Operational HQrs. at
Lake Complex and 3)Workshop at
Beliaghata. Obviously this creates
operational and administrative
problem . Considering this problem we
moved Govt. with proposal for construction of WWCD building. The Govt. of West
Bengal in Civil Defence Deptt.approved and sanctioned Rs. 4 crores for
construction for construction of WWCD building under State Plan. The
Construction work is going on at WBNVF training Centre, Kalyani having G+3 .
This building will come up by the end of this year. The entire establishment of
WWCD will be shifted in one roof and operational and command control problem
being faced presently will be addressed.
MODERNISATION:Presently WWCD has the following number of Boats and OBMs :
As on 16.07.2013
NAME OF THE STORES
TOTAL STOCK OF INF BOATS/ALMN. BOATs/OBMs
SERVICEABLE ON PRESENT STOCK
UNSERVICEABLE ON PRESENT STOCK
All the boats and OBMs have been purchased under State Plan. The Govt. of West Bengal under its State Plan sanctioned Rs. 2.14 crores for purchasing of Fibre Glass Boats with OBMs and Trawlers. The WWCD need modern equipments for under- taking search, rescue, evacuation etc. during water related disaster. The WWCD needs some vehicles including i) Trucks for carrying boats, ii) Buses for movement of WWCD personnel, iii) Ambulances for rescue operation and iv) small vehicle at least 5 nos. for movement of Senior Officers.
There is need for providing better training to the WWCD personnel. A proposal has been initiated to get of few men of WWCD trained in Scuba diving by the Sea Explorers’ Institute and it is necessary such training course.