The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has written to various ministries seeking a list of installations to conduct mock exercises to test the preparedness of crisis management plans for tackling situations including terror attacks in the concerned units. The step is part of a continuing government plan, but assumed significance on Thursday after attacks in Mumbai.
The NDMA, headed by the Prime Minister, is the apex government body for disaster management in India. It was set up in 2005.
NDMA, which follows a three-stage mock exercise regimen, plans to carry out the drills in several industrial installations of strategic importance including oil refineries, storage facilities and pipelines.
The authority has written to the ministries to “intimate existing locations of most vulnerable strategic storage reserves of petroleum products where the mock exercises would be conducted.”