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NDMA to conduct mock drill at Tarapur Nuclear Power Station

June 9, 2011 - New Delhi

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will conduct a mock drill at the Tarapur Nuclear facility in order to assess the capability of the district administration to deal with an off-site emergency.

The two-day programme beginning tomorrow will commence with a workshop, which will also include a tabletop exercise on the conduct of the mock drill.

NDMA Vice Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy will inaugurate the workshop.

While the Maharashtra Chief Secretary will attend the workshop, the other State Government officials including District Magistrate, the Superintendent of Police, Thane will make presentations on their preparedness to counter such nuclear emergencies.

This will be followed by a Mock Drill on June 11 involving all stakeholders - NDRF/Police, Civil Defence, Home Guard and other responders who will show their capability and readiness to counter Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies.

The gaps identified in coordination and response preparedness will be addressed by all concerned subsequently.

Prime Minister and Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority Dr. Manmohan Singh chaired a special meeting of NDMA on June 1 to review India's disaster preparedness in the wake of the recent Japanese disasters.

India has an enviable and impeccable record of safety and security and virtually fail-safe arrangement in its all Nuclear Establishments, but preparedness to deal with an unlikely emergency has to be highly focused upon.


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