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Proposal for ProVention- Disaster Management Cell of NMIMS

On July 26th, 2005, Mumbai the commercial capital of India was struck with the heaviest rains recorded in Indian history. According to Government of Maharashtra the 26/7 disaster of Mumbai has costed a total economic loss to Mumbai of Rs 5,000 crores however trade analysts say the loss to both small businesses as well as big industry could be anywhere between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 crores.  

Large areas of slum dwellings with poor infrastructure and the high population density have exacerbated the impact on Mumbai. This situation highlighted that the main cause of this disaster was deeply rooted in the outdated drainage system coupled with pathetic sanitary conditions and garbage disposal system. The horrifying memories of 26/7 disasters could well be a wake-up call for all institutions/ organizations to do more than mere lip service to disaster recovery (DR) and consciously work towards disaster mitigation strategies. The High Court has directed Government of Maharashtra to take all necessary steps in future to take care of waterlogged areas, sanitation and garbage disposal.  

Need for Disaster Management Cell at NMIMS  

Mumbai generates approximately 5,500 metric tons of waste on a daily basis, out of which BMC is able to collect and dispose only about 5,000 tons. Accumulation of city’s industrial and household garbage and insanitation are potential threats for future disasters. Recurring disasters in Mumbai can cause great damage to both human life and property, which can severely impact the economy of the nation. Mitigating the impact of future disasters will require multi-pronged managerial and technical actions. Studies conducted by IITs, IIMs, UNDP and other disaster management institute have stressed that in addition to use of technology for disaster mitigation efforts should be made for building community participation and capacity building. These studies emphasize that disaster prevention and mitigation are integral parts of sustainable development that requires managerial action.

In this context Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies aims at strengthening the efforts of public and private sector in disaster prevention and mitigation with specific focus on waste management, garbage disposal and sanitation. As a management institute based in Mumbai we wish to actively contribute through developing capacity building activities, providing training support and designing networking mechanisms for disaster management.  

As a socially sensitive institute NMIMS has always provided active human, material and financial support for disaster-impacted communities. The institute believes that the principles and techniques of management are applicable to disaster management as well. The Institute has made conscious efforts in initiating cross-sector partnership dialogues in the recent past on disaster management with Bombay Management Association and Secretary, Relief and Rehabilitation Cell, Government of Maharashtra for initiating consolidated initiative and taking ahead the agenda of the rehabilitation of disaster impacted communities.  The institute firmly believes that it should institutionalize a ‘Disaster Management Cell’ and make consistent efforts in working with public and private sector for prevention and mitigation of disasters in Mumbai with a special focus on addressing the issues of waste management, garbage disposal and sanitation problems.  

Details of Proposed Networking Institutions  

The activities of the Disaster Management Cell will be carried in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Relief and Rehabilitation Cell, Government of Maharashtra and the following socially sensitive organizations.  

Excel Industries is the leading manufacturer of industrial chemicals and has developed environment friendly Waste Treatment Process & Products. The company has developed products like Herbocel, Sanitreat, Bioculum which treat and convert municipal solid waste into soil enricher “Celrich”.  

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is among the leading global information technology consulting, services and business process outsourcing organization. It provides expertise in various aspects of disaster management.  

Bombay Management Association (BMA) is India 's most premier Management Association. It is an Independent non-profit making entity, which focuses on providing a wide range of services aimed at enhancing managerial effectiveness in a broad sphere of activities with a common desire to improve the standards of managerial practices in India .  

Karmayog is a is a free platform for the Indian nonprofit sector. Karmayog through its NGO council mobilizes stakeholders’ support to address issues, which affect the functioning of civil society. Post 26th July disaster in Mumbai Karmayog has played an active role in activating the BMC to address issues pertaining to garbage disposal and sanitation.  

iVolunteer, a MITRA initiative promotes and facilitates volunteerism in India . It utilizes the skills and time of volunteers to work towards various issues of the development sector  

In addition to the collaborations from the above organizations, esteemed institutions which specialize in disaster management like IIT Bombay , and TISS to provide mentorship to NMIMS.  

Specific Objectives of the Disaster Management Cell  

1.      To conduct field based qualitative and quantitative research in the area of disaster management and serve as a documentation center.  

2.      To design appropriate short term and long term training modules and training material for disaster management with special focus on sanitation and household and industrial garbage disposal.  

3.      To develop capacities of advanced locality management groups, NGOs, business organizations, academic institutions and government functionaries through designing appropriate training programmes for disaster prevention and mitigation.  

4.      To network with Municipal Corporation, State Government, NGOs, Citizen’s groups, Industry and Trade organizations and Educational institutions to focus on waste management and sanitation problems and work together towards solutions.  

5.      To organize orientation and advanced courses for students of management in the area of disaster management.  

6.      To design workshops, lectures, seminars, conferences, training programmes, management development programmes and symposia for providing knowledge and developing skills of executives from the cross sectors to address issues of disaster management with special focus on garbage disposal and sanitation.  

  1. To undertake any such other activity as may be deemed necessary to promote understanding and better professional practice in the area of disaster management.

    Deliverables from Each Participating Partner  

    The following deliverables will be delivered by academic institutions and partnering organizations (Industry/NGO)  


    Deliverables of Academic Institutions (Mentoring Institutions)

    CESE ( IIT Bombay )

    1.  Design the activities of the Cell

    2.  Provide faculty support in conducting training of technical and managerial staff in the area of household, biomedical and industrial waste management and sanitation

    3.  Design consultancy projects in waste management


    1.  Design the activities of the Cell

    2.  Training in the areas of community participation for collection and disposal of household waste and recycling the same.

    3.  Training of Trainers in the areas of community sanitation, disaster prevention and mitigation

    4.  Research Inputs in the area of disaster management  



    Deliverables of Industry/NGO Partners

    Excel Industries

    1.  Will provide expertise and information in garbage disposal, handling waste, and generation of organic manure.

    2.   Provide faculty support for developing training material and modules


    1.Provide expertise in Solid Waste Management

     2.Development and disbursement of training material

     3. Providing Faculty Support for use of IT in waste   management and disaster mitigation

    Bombay Management Association

    1.Conducting Training on various aspects of Disaster Management for industry executives

    2.Access to data on training material on Disaster Management developed by industrial organizations

    3.Faculty Support for training industrial executives in prevention of industrial disasters

    Outcomes of the Disaster Management Cell  

    1)     The disaster management cell of NMIMS will sensitize, build capacities, mobilize and empower ALMs, government functionaries, NGOs, industry executives, students and citizen groups to handle waste and create wealth.  

    2) In addition to this the Cell will create a rich data bank on information pertaining to designing training, developing effective and efficient systems for mitigating disasters in the city. It will train industrial executives to mitigate industrial disasters.

It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. --Charles Dudley Warner