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During the drills, traffic arrangement in the city was managed effectively by the traffic department and around 17 police officials and 330 constables of the police department participated in the event." The mock drill was also held at Hansraj Public School.
"The objective of the drill was to train the students as well as the staff to handle and manage any disasterous situation that may suddenly arise," said principal Jaya Bhardwaj.
PCR van on time, but ambulances, fire brigade arrive late
At 10.30 am on Wednesday, sirens blared at the Panjab University (PU) campus awe struck the students and the employees who were present at the Students' Centre. This was part of a mega mock drill exercise that conducted at the campus. Though there were many hiccups, the entire exercise ended at 1.30 pm. The ambulance reached 34 minutes late, while the fire brigade was 15 minutes late. Not only this, even the doctor from the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, was late.
However, the PCR van of the city police was on time. As a part of the exercise, the ladder, used for rescuing the people stuck in the Students' Centre building, also experienced some technical problem which was sorted out after the intervention of more people.
As many as 40 members of the Youth Congress Chandigarh chapter and 27 students of NCC Air Wing Sector 31 voluntarily participated in the exercise and acted as victims of the earthquake.
Later on, the National Disaster Response Force at PU headed by team commander Ashok Kumar also conducted radiation search meant to detect live victims. Six life detectors were used which had the capacity to search victims buried in debris.
A wall of concrete was also razed in triangle shape to save the people. Razing of the wall took more than an hour.
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