GUWAHATI: The three-day long 'Exercise Jalrahat', a National Level exercise for Flood Relief in an urban setting conducted in Guwahati culminated with better lessons for preparedness in the near future.
A joint initiative 'Exercise JALRAHAT' taken by the Assam government and the Armed Forces led by GAJRAJ Corps with full support from HQ Eastern Command.
Shri VK Pipersenia, chief secretary commended the ASDMA and the Armed Forces for taking the unique initiative, first of its kind to spread awareness amongst various stakeholders about each other's role, tasks and capabilities.
Another spectacular scene which was thrown to the public were Naval divers of the Indian Navy, SDRF, NDRF which executed skills needed when underwater.
Static line demonstration from aviators from the helicopter unit of the Indian Army Aviation wing were also seen. Elite Special Forces troopers landing on deck and creating other rescue scenarios which were crucial.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal , who was present on the occasion, said that the plan put in place will help to rescue marooned people in the event of flooding in Guwahati city. "With the kind of sophistication induced in our technology systems, the rescue and relief operations have got a shot in the arm."
'Exercise Jalrahat' which aimed to bring on-board all stakeholders for enhancing disaster preparedness, organisational skills and support system under one platter will be a huge impetus for the Flood Relief Plans. Lessons reflected the confidence and keen interest of stakeholders in creating a robust plan which can be executed in manner for the citizens of Guwahati and other states as well.