GUWAHATI, Dec 10: On the direction of R K Pachnda, Director General, tiol Disaster Response Force (NDRF) a joint mock exercise on rail accidents and response was conducted by 1ST BN NDRF in coordition with Indian Railways today at Diesel Locomotive Shed, New Guwahati Rail Yard, Assam.
The mock drill was executed after meticulous planning by 1st Battalion tiol Disaster Response Force in coordition with Kapil Jambhulkar, senior Divisiol Mechanical Engineer Diesel Locomotive Shed New Guwahati of Indian Railway. In view of the past rail accidents in the Northeast like that of 10th July 2011 at Bhatkuchi near Rangia Railway station, 3rd February 2012 between railway station Azara and Mirza and on 16th April 2014 between railway station Jagiroad and Aujuri in –Morigaon. First NDRF has a past experience of problems faced in rescue and evacuation operation in rail accidents because of the overturned bogies and limited access points.
On this occasion, RS Gill, Offg. Commandant, 1st Battalion NDRF, Guwahati said in a statement: “The NDRF and railway personnel displayed amazing skills during mock drill, they rescued/evacuated the victims placed under various simulated scerios. The equipments and man power used in the exercise played a crucial role in the rescue operations. This mock drill showed preparedness of the concerned staff and officers, especially during such accidents and calamities. Such type of mock drills will definitely help both railway and NDRF teams to boost their self confidence during such rescue and relief operations. This exercise will result in better coordition between NDRF and Indian Railways during any Railway accident”, a press release said.
The effort of NDRF & Railway was witnessed by senior supervisors, senior mechanical engineer, RPF personnel, Medical & Technical staff of railway & electronic and print media. The joint exercise also ensured community participation in initial response work to extricate and transport minor injured or lightly trapped victims while maintaining persol safety during rail accidents.
The exercise concluded with a note to organize more such exercise in future for effective response in the event of a Railway mishap to save precious human lives.