Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government Thursday decided to spend Rs 140 crore to strengthen it’s disaster management preparedness.

The executive council of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), which met under the chairmanship of development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, here on Thursday, decided to enhance the efficiency of the OSDMA.

The Council decided to invest Rs 39.85 crore to strengthen the fire service. High tech equipments would be inducted into the service. Similarly, Rs 65.35 crore will be spend to modernise the ODRAF force. And Rs 34 crore will be invested in construction of office buildings of 10 ODRAF units formed recently.

Additional chief secretary and special relief commissioner Pradip Jena, additional chief secretary health Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Police DGP Abhay, principal secretary revenue Bishnupada Sethi, panchyati raj principal secretarybDeo Ranjan Kumar Singh, water resources principal secretary Surendra Kumar, energy secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal and fire service DG Satyajit Mohanty were present.