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Despite attracting response from locas, the Mega Mock Drill did not go too well with some of the spectators, who had to face inconvenience due to the sealing of the parking area. "It is a mockery of the natural disaster rather than a mock drill. I had to park my car at a very distant place along with many others. Moreover, it is a waste of time and energy as nobody was able to understand what the demonstrators were saying due to unclear voices through the wireless systems they were using. The audience is just trying to guess what is going on," said Miyuri Bhatia, one of the spectators.
"The lights went off and public was restricted in its movement which affected the number of customers that we had at our shops," said Ravi, a shop owner in Sector 17. However, some of the spectators appreciated the exercise and felt that such activities helped create awareness among the people about the do's and don'ts one must keep in mind in case a disaster strikes.
Flat residents in shock
Some of the residents of the housing board flats in Sector 51 A were surprised by the alarm that was raised at 10.30 in the morning for the mega mock drill being organised in the tri-city. As the siren went off, a group of school students who were part of the drill went to the top-floor house of the selected building. The residents also began to gather at the site as the operation gained momentum. The fire fighters reached the spot on time and saved some of the children and sent them to the PCR ambulance.
Those who were still stuck on the floor were rescued by the team of civil defence that reached 10 minutes later. The operation that lasted for around an hour was also recorded on mobile phones by the residents who managed to reach the spot on time. Some residents left the spot much before the entire operation ended.
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