NDMA conducts mock exercises ahead of the Amarnath Yatra Disaster scenarios simulated to assess preparedness along the base camps
The first mock exercise was conducted along the route from Baltal in Ganderbal district between June 23-25, 2106 and dealt with simulated scenarios involving a cloudburst and a fire. The second mock exercise was conducted along the camp sites on the Chandanwari route from June 26-28, 2016 and covered both natural as well as man-made disasters.
Both the mock exercises began with a Coordination Conference on Day 1 followed by a Table-top Exercise on Day 2. Senior officials from all the important Departments such as the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), the Rashtriya Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Army, Police, Health, Civil Defence, Transport, Fire and other Emergency Services attended these preparatory meetings and participated in the mock exercises.
After the drills, post-exercise analysis were carried out by the NDMA experts in which they discussed the entire operation and underlined areas that needed improvement. “Better coordination among various agencies is of utmost importance and often the key to a successful post-disaster response,” said Shri Gadnayak.
The annual Amarnath Yatra to the cave shrine in south Kashmir will begin from July 2, 2016.
The NDMA regularly conducts such mock exercises throughout the country in its efforts to improve preparedness and response mechanisms for various disasters. NDMA conducted a mock exercise on flood preparedness at Ambala in Haryana and a State-level mock exercise on earthquake preparedness in Tripura earlier this month.