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Railways to set up Disaster Management and Safety village near Bengaluru

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), August 16:-Indian Railways are planning to set up country’s first Disaster management Institute and Safety Village at Hejjala near Bengaluru which is expected to come up by December.

A senior Railways official said “over aged 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 drills carried out by security personnel. It will be as real as it can get,” he said

The Railways has earmarked the 3.32-sq. km village of Hejjala, with a population of 3,483 and located about25 km from Bengaluru, to develop its Disaster  Management and Safety Village at a cost of 44.42 crore.

The concept of a safety village was envisaged for augmenting theoretical class room training with practical hands-on exercise in a real environment for training in various conditions and scenarios of accident, it says.

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 feature.

“For the practical training as a part of the safety village tunnel, cutting, embankment, other conditions and obstructions, like overhead structures and platforms, are being created. It will also have a virtual centre for analysis of railway accidents.

(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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