Quake drill reveals major faults

Wednesday

The officials of NDMA also highlighted the need for better communication system. "Communication was a serious problem. There is a need for state of the art communication system. The aim of the mock drill was to check capabilities of the various services and the response time. Within one hour of a disaster is the golden our when the help should reach. The feedback from the observers would be taken and discussion held with the authorities," said a member of NDMA J K Sinha.

Planned disaster

With preparations for the mock drill having started over three months ago in Tricity, conducive conditions were ensured for smooth conduct. No vehicle was allowed to be parked at the parking lot near Neelam Theatre, Sector 17. For the drill to be conducted at Hotel Mountview in Sector 10, the road in front of the hotel was blocked with no vehicles allowed to commute. A similar situation prevailed at DT Mall, another site for the mock drill where entry was not allowed till afternoon. UT Deputy Commissioner Mohd Shayin said that in order to prevent any mishaps or cause problems to the residents, certain measures were taken.

Directorate General of NDRF, P M Nair, said there was a need for repetition of the exercise at the local level and training of the youth. The officials of NDMA also stated that while in the current exercise, forces from outside were available, the UT and the state governments need to strengthen their own resources.

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