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Off site mock drill on chemical disaster creates problem for commuters in Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur, Feb 24: East Singhbhum district administration under the supervision of NDRF conducted on Wednesday mock drill for chemical disaster, especially gas leakage in the industry city which is susceptible to incidents of gas leakage in Bistupur locality, however, the exercise caught commuters unaware creating problem.  
The administration identified 10 vulnerable points of gas leakage in Bistupur and the ambulances were pressed into service to rescue persons at each of these 10 vulnerable points and send them to Tata Main Hospital. 
The site for the mock drill was between Tata Steel plant to Tata Main Hospital and the preparation for the mock drill was continuing at the administrative level since the last one week. 
The Voltas Building was made shelter  point where those persons who were least affected in the gas leakage were accommodated. 
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar had deployed magistrates, police force and armed police teams at 14 points to ensure peace and law and order during the off site mock drill. 
However, there was a long queue of persons on both sides of the Bistupur Main Road as the commuters claimed that district administration had created awareness about mock drill but should have also informed about the route and timing of the mock drill so that they could have avoided the stretch during this time. 
Several commuters also complained that the administration should have made alternative routes for commuters during the period of the mock drill. They claimed that the administration should have informed about the timing and route chart at least two days in advance for the masses so that people coming from Sakchi, Adityapur, Jugsalai, Sonari and Kadma should know which route to take during the period of mock-drill. 
There were long queues of vehicles stranded near Bistupur Post Office till Tata Steel general office and between Tata Main Hospital and Beldih Church Square, Kharkai bridge in Adityapur till Voltas Building and from Jugsalai Tata Pigment Gate. People were unable to understand how to reach their destination for work and other emergencies. 
Police also resorted to mild force at some points to deter commuters from breaking the protocol of mock-drill. 
The helpline number issued for chemical disaster at the Ginger Hotel in Bistupur were 9431301355 and 8987510050. 
The 10 identified vulnerable points were P. K Patra, Krishna Ram, Satyaban Giri, Lalu Dunbar, Ram Prasad Mahato, Deepak Mahato, Bishnu Sawant, Narendra Singh, Amit Kumar and Hemraj. 

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