NTPC Bongaigaon recently held an earthquake simulation exercise to test emergency management procedures and improve response capabilities during unexpected events. The drill was overseen by G.M. Thangzom, Commandant of the CISF.
Chief Incident Controller Sanjay Kumar Jha, GM, O&M (I/c), and Shri Induri S. Reddy, GM (Maintenance) presided over the drill on September 22, 2023. several officials from several departments, as well as other high personnel, were present.
The exercise simulated a large earthquake with Assam as the epicenter. It depicted a magnitude 7 RS earthquake striking the New Administrative Building on the NTPC facility grounds. The exercise started at 11:00 a.m.
Within 15 minutes following the earthquake, CISF, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), and local police forces alerted NTPC staff and workers about the simulated drill. The CISF, State Police, and NTPC were the first on the scene to begin rescue operations, followed by the NDRF and SDRF personnel.
The NDRF and SDRF teams set up a disaster Command Post near the disaster site and demonstrated surface casualty recovery, rope rescue procedures, and other recovery strategies. They rescued persons trapped inside and buried beneath the collapsed building and provided first aid on the scene. The drill featured scenarios in which people were moderately hurt, gravely injured, or died and were successfully rescued and given medical attention.
The exercise was successfully completed following a debriefing session in which improvements and suggestions were considered. Participants and officials from several departments were trained in disaster response methods, ensuring better preparedness for real-world catastrophes.