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Biggest ever drill to check Delhi’s preparedness

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 13:39

New Delhi: Delhi witnessed one of the
biggest coordinated mockdrills on Wednesday with the disaster
management agencies checking the alertness and preparedness of
various other agencies in the event of an earthquake of 7.2
magnitude rocking the capital.

The drills were conducted in several places, including at
six Metro stations, across the national capital by the
National Disaster Management Authority and Delhi Disaster
Management Authority at 11.30 AM.

The drill`s motive was to check the preparedness of the
agencies in the event of an earthquake with a higher intensity
of 7.2 on Richter scale.

Six metro stations were closed for over half-an-hour and
road traffic in many areas in Central, South and North Delhi
were diverted as part of the exercise, causing inconvenience.

Commuters in metro, buses as well as motorists also faced
inconvenience because of the mega mockdrill.

They created a number of simulated situations like
collapse of flyovers, crack in metro pillars, damage to
hospitals and collapse of residential buildings due to an
earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale.

Officials from all the important Emergency Support
Functionary departments like police, MCD, DMRC, Health
department, Delhi Jal Board and Food and Civil Supplies have
been coordinating with senior officials of all the nine
districts to make the drill a success.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 08:45
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