Delhi witnessed one of the biggest coordinated mockdrills today 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.
Mock drill at a Delhi Metro station.PIC/AFP
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.