KATRA, Nov 28: The Disaster Management Task Force of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board today conducted rescue and evacuation drills, as part of the ongoing trials and testing of the Bhawan-Bhairon Passenger Ropeway systems.
The drill was led by CEO, SMVDSB, Simrandeep Singh, in the presence of Assistant CEO, Manu Hansa, Director Security and Enforcement, Suresh Sharma, SDM, Bhawan, Naresh Kumar and SDPO Bhawan, S. P. Modi. A platoon of Sahayaks of the Shrine Board and a section of SDRF team from Reasi also participated in the rescue drill.
The drill was part of the mandatory trial and testing procedures which are required to be conducted before the final commissioning of the project. M/s Garaventa, the Swiss Company which has designed and executed the entire state of the art project, conducted the drill and trained the Shrine Board team for undertaking the drill which could be necessitated in the rarest eventuality of carrying out an evacuation operation.
The Swiss engineers gave detailed briefing to the officers and staff of Shrine Board about the safety features and the activities to be performed in case of an emergency evacuation. Around 90 officials of Shrine Board and SDRF participated in it.
As part of the rescue drill, CEO Shrine Board and other officers and officials of Shrine Board were evacuated from a mid-point location between Bhawan and Bhairon over a steep hill side. A medical team of Shrine Board located at Bhawan also participated in the process.
It is pertinent to mention that Shrine Board is in advance stages of the final commissioning of its long awaited Passenger Ropeway project. The trials and testing of the project formally started on November 26, 2018 and are likely to finally conclude in first week of December, 2018. The Project will thereafter be put to use for the benefit of Yatris.