VISAKHAPATNAM: A real-time relief and rescue operation organised by the Waltair division of East Coast Railway at Simhachalam Railway Station Thursday morning to check the preparedness of railway personnel in meeting eventualities iluminated the competence of various teams in rescuing passengers with simultaneous relief operations. The mock drill was enacted as a real relief and rescue operation as it happens during mishaps with casualties and severely injured passengers.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and railway personnel from different departments, along with the close coordination extended by the civil administration, participated in the operation held from 9.30 am and 3 pm.
Under the direction of Waltair divisional railway manager Anil Kumar, the safety department besides other railway departments including operations, commercial, mechanical, medical, security, Signal and Telecom, civil engineering, traction distribution, electrical, personnel, instantaneously rose to the emergency situation for immediately rescuing passengers involved in affected coaches, other relief operations and restored normalcy of the track for swift movement of traffic.
The NDRF was quick to arrive at the site to create awareness among all the frontline service personnel to know as to how such a situation is tackled.
NDRF deputy commandant G Vijayan with a fleet of 41 personnel, took part in the operation. The railway protection special force besides the railway protection force and civil defence personnel and Scouts and Guides joined in the rescue and relief work.