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Mega mock drill: Metro to shut down for half an hour

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2012
First Published: 23:35 IST(14/2/2012) | Last Updated: 00:52 IST(15/2/2012)

Be prepared to get stuck at Metro stations and several major roads in the Capital on Wednesday as Metro services will be shut for half an hour from 11:30am due the mega mock drill that will be conducted at 400 locations across Delhi.


Expect traffic diversions and congestions on almost major Delhi roads, including the Ring Road between 11:30am and 1pm due to the mock drill being carried out by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to check the city's preparedness in dealing with disaster situations.

Though the drill will be conducted at six major Metro stations, the services will remain suspended on the entire 190-km Metro network till the drill is completed. Metro services will restart after 12 noon.

A mock drill, enacting a Kingfisher plane on fire, will also be conducted at the Terminal 2 of the IGI airport.

To check the preparedness of various agencies, including the fire brigade, Delhi Police and ambulance services, the DDMA, along with the National Disaster Management Authority is going to organise the first-of-its-kind mega mock drill in the Capital.

"The drill will help us prepare better in case of any disaster and will also make citizens aware about the dos and don'ts in case of any disaster, including terror attacks," said Vijay Dev, secretary (revenue), DDMA.

In the run-up to the drill, more than 100 mock drills in all districts of the Capital had been organised in the first week of February. The DDMA is sending bulk messages to three crore mobile subscriber in Delhi.

For the mock drill, an earthquake situation will be enacted which will lead to Metro disruptions, traffic collisions, building collapses, fire incidents and CNG pumps leakage.

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