The Indian Railway is ready with plan to upgrade its capabilities to undertake post-accident rescue and relief operations on a real-time basis. The national transporter plans to use old engines and coaches for simulating possible accident scenarios to gain insights as to how it can quickly mobilise its resources in the event of mishaps.
The first ‘Railways disaster management village’, which is expected to come up on the outskirts of Bengaluru by December next year, will show trains falling into rivers and coaches catching fire.
A senior official of the railways ministry said “overaged rolling stock” will be used to replicate train accidents so that real time rescue operations could be carried out to improve such efforts.
“It will be just like the mock drills carried out by security personnel. It will be as real as it can get,” he said.
The railway has earmarked the 3.32-sq km village of Hejjala, with a population of 3,483 people, to develop its Disaster Management Institute and Safety village at a cost of Rs 44.42 crore.
“For augmenting theoretical class room training with practical hands on exercise, a real environment for training in various conditions and scenarios of train accidents, a concept of safety village was envisaged,” it said.
The focus is on imparting state of the art training on rescue, medical relief and rolling stock restoration techniques in a classroom and also using various simulated teaching aids. However, it is the practical reproduction of accidents on site and the ensuing rescue operations that are being touted as the big ticket venture.
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