Nagpur was recently witness to scintillating air show held under insignia of ‘Air Fest-2019′ that was recently held at the Headquarters Maintenance Command (HQMC) at Nagpur in Maharashtra on Sunday with a spectacular display of aerial maneuvering. The event was part of the 87th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Air Force and the 65th anniversary of the HQMC. IAF and HQMC divisions took lot of pains to ensure a befitting event to mark the occasion. “The objective of the Air Fest was to showcase the IAF with a view to instill a sense of patriotism and motivate the younger generation to join the IAF,” an official release said.
Apart from the well planned choreographed event being chalked out by HQMC, there was an intense back end activity going on in office of Nagpur Divisional Commissioner on said account. People may not be aware that an exemplary disaster management readiness team was conceptualized in Office of Nagpur Divisional Commissioner for said event.
As soon as Air fest 2019 was announced; Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, IAS, Nagpur Divisional Commissioner concurred with HQMC & IAF officials request to develop a robust team for tackling any eventualities. Accordingly, he directed Shri.Sanjai Dhivre, Deputy Commissioner (Administration), Nagpur Divisional Commissionerate to conceptualize and execute the same. Movement got initiated when Shri.Sanjai Dhivre zeroed in on concerned competent authorities from various fields and sent across an invite a fortnight ahead of the scheduled event. For first time in history of Nagpur, all these authorities came in one single frame wherein intense discussion started about anticipated eventualities and managements plans therein.
Even an onsite group visit of police, traffic, NMC, Fire Office, Health, National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force officials in a bus was done with support of HQMC authorities.
The disaster management readiness included spread of Domestic fire tenders, Mobile toilets, 108 ambulances, SDRF/ NDRF team across 10 km radius apart from water body recovery and rubble movement readiness through NDRF along with onsite readiness of Ambulances, Medical teams and Aviation fire tenders by HQMC. Hospitals like Government Medical College, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Orange City Hospital & Research Institute and Alexis Hospital were identified along with Vaysuena Nagar health center and kept on red alert. Burns and trauma eventuality preparedness were chalked out.
A WhatsApp group of all associate officials was also created by office of Divisional Commissioner wherein day to day developments and readiness was proactively exchanged amongst all concerned officials across hierarchy. Every minor anticipated eventuality was discussed and tackling readiness was ensured.
Shri Sanjai Dhivre coordinated a comprehensive AIR FEST Disaster response readiness team consisting of Shri P J Gadekar, District Information Officer, Shri Suresh Karale, Sr. Police Inspector- SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) , Shri Krupal Muley, Inspector- NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), Shri Rajendra Uchake, Chief Fire Officer- Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Shri Ankush Gawande, District Disaster Management Officer, District Collectorate, Shri.Chinmay Pandit, DCP- Traffic, Shri Atul Sabnis, Inspector Traffic, Shri Dinkar Mankar, RTO- Nagpur, Dr.Sanjay Jaiswal, Deputy Director of Health Services- Nagpur Division, Dr. D V Paturkar, Civil Surgeon, Dr. Anup Marar, Director- Orange City Hospital & Research Institute, Dr.Shyam Rathod- Office of CS, Shri Sudhir Shambharkar, DRDMA- Civil Sanitation , Shri Chandrashekar Giri, AE PWD Nagpur- 1 and Shri Nitesh Bambhore, Divisional Disaster Management Coordinator, Nagpur Divisional Commissionerate. IAF & HQMC was represented in this team by Gp Capt A Mukherjee, Gp Capt K Vyas, Wg CD Sameer Tandon, Gp Capt Sunil Mahto, Flt Lt Srishti Tripathi, Medical Office- Vayusena Health Center, Air Cmde A Chaturvedi VM, Gp Capt Sunny Thomas, Wg Cdr Tejveer Singh and Gp Capt B B Pande.
When all Nagpurians were watching the aerial splendor in awe; there were hundreds of Disaster response team members across departments in various corners of city who were on red alert.
Applauding the efforts of Nagpur Divisional Commissionerate; Dr. Anup Marar- OCHRI Director who was the only representative from private civilian sector in this team stated that usually public always blames government authorities for inactivity. However the back end systematic preparedness done with proactive zeal by all concerned government authorities of Nagpur in a united professional manner during the Air Fest with each official spread over hierarchy from top to bottom being involved day in and day out throughout the week to be in readiness as per laid down SOP’s to manage any disaster befalling the city and aviation team speaks volumes about the dedication shown by each member and such preparedness has set a novel benchmark for others across country to follow in years to come.
IAF and HQMC authorities complimented Office of Nagpur Divisional Commissioner led by Dr.Sanjeev Kumar to have taken lead in safeguarding their team and city in a proactive manner.