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Disaster management bodies says cops not helpful

delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2010 01:12 IST
Karan Choudhury
Karan Choudhury
Hindustan Times
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They might be gung-ho about conducting anti-terror mock drills. But when it comes to helping out other agencies in their mock drills, the Delhi Police seems the least interested.

Though the Commonwealth Games sites are far from complete, various disaster management agencies on their part are conducting mock drills to check the preparedness against natural calamities as well as accidents.

But on Tuesday, they had a tough time when various other agencies, including the Delhi Police, did not respond to the mock drill conducted at a Games site.

The District Disaster Management Authority (East) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) organised a mock drill at the Yamuna Sports Complex around 3:30 p.m.

“The drill simulated a structural collapse at the stadium during the Games which can resulted in a huge loss of lives and property. However, agencies such as the Delhi Police, the Delhi Traffic Police, the Delhi Jal Board and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi did not respond to the drill,” said Deputy Commissioner (East) S.S. Ghonkrokta.

According to the DDMA officials the Delhi Police's minimal involvement affected the mock drill as they are supposed to help out in the removal of the injured and maintaining law and order in the affected area.

The DDMA and the NDMA have been conducting mock drills and enacting different scenarios for the last few months.

“Earlier this month we conducted a drill to simulate an earthquake of about 7.9 on the Richter scale when the Games were in progress. The epicenter of the earthquake was 13 km Northeast from Chamoli in Uttarakhand. The city suffered heavy tremors for about 45 seconds, which would have caused a massive loss of life and property. The Delhi Police had helped out in the drill then,” added Ghonkrokta.

During the drills, various agencies are involved in search and rescue operations and taking the injured to nearby hospitals. In every drill, nearly 18 agencies of the government and non-governmental organisations are involved.