With two bomb blasts, three major building collapses and several fire incidents, 2011, was a year of tragedies for Delhi as over 100 people lost their lives to such mishaps. Chances are few that the city in coming years may not witness such incidents.
But what could be different is the preparedness of the city to handle disaster situations. In a first of its kind, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in collaboration with national disaster management authority is mobilising Delhiites to participate in its mega mock drill. It will be enacted on February 15 at 11.30am at around 400 locations. Around 15,000 civil defence personnel will also participate in it.
DDMA is sending texts to around three crore people in Delhi and NCR. “To prepare Delhiites handle disasters, we are enacting an earthquake scenario in different parts of city,” said Vijay Dev, secretary revenue, DDMA.
A contest to involve people will also be organised on several FM stations in the Capital.
An earthquake situation will be enacted, in which CNG pumps will leak, buildings will collapse. Metro services will be hit, flyovers will develop cracks and cars will collide on roads. Schools, colleges, Metro stations, hospitals, cinema halls, hotels, RWAs and market bodies will participate in the drill."This will be a test for agencies, as independent observers from the Army will be assessing the response of police, ambulance services and fire brigade. Later, the L-G will preside over a meeting," Dev added.