KATRA, Mar 28: Various aspects of disaster management preparedness of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine were reviewed here today at a meeting chaired by Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
The meeting reviewed various components of Disaster Management Plan of the Shrine and measures being taken to further strengthen it continuously, particularly with a view to ensuring quick response from all concerned in the wake of any fire incident, earthquake, landslides or any other emergency situation.
The meeting held extensive de-briefing session vis-à-vis the mock exercise that was conducted by the NDRF team yesterday on Yatra track near the Bhawan area in order to analyse and evaluate the level of preparedness to most effectively and promptly respond to any emergency situation.
J&K Police, CRPF, Fire and Emergency Services, Members of the Disaster Management Task Force of Shrine Board, Medical Units, Unit Heads and employees of the Board also participated in mock exercise.
To further augment the Disaster Management preparedness, it was decided that the 7th Battalion of NDRF will conduct a comprehensive audit of the Disaster Management Stores set up by the Shrine Board at various locations on the track and in the Bhawan area so that, wherever required, these are further replenished and strengthened by adding latest gadgets and equipments.
It was decided that an Annual Calendar of Training will be formulated under the NDRF to impart advanced training to the Shrine Board staff, particularly Security and Enforcement Sahayaks most of whom are ex-Servicemen, in batches to keep them in state of readiness for effectively and promptly responding to any disaster situation. An Emergency Operation Centre will also be set up by the Shrine Board as part of its disaster preparedness.
Ravi Kumar, Commandant, 7th Bn NDRF (Bhatinda); Vivek Verma, Additional CEO Shrine Board; Amit Vermani, Deepak Dubey and Dr. Jagdish Mehra—all Dy CEOs and other stakeholders also participated in the meeting.