Railways’ first Disaster Management village near Bengaluru by September 2018

BENGALURU: Indian Railways’ first disaster management village at Hejjala village, 25km from Bengaluru, is nearing its completion.

Set to be a virtual reality centre to analyse rail accidents, it will come up on a 3.32 sqkm plot at an estimated cost of Rs 44.42 crore. This is the first time the railways is setting up such a village to minimise accidents in the country.

E Vijaya, chief public relations officer, SWR, said the training centre will be ready by September-end. Railway staff across the country will be trained to handle emergency situations. Training will begin for a few batches in September, she added.

Abhishek R, a rail enthusiast, said such centres will help new staffers to react during tragedies like train derailments, collisions and collapse of bridges.

In addition to theoretical class room training, railway officials say, they will also create a real environment for training in various conditions and scenarios of train accidents. It will also have tunnel, cutting, embankment as well as aged rolling stock such as coaches and wagons. A water body is also being developed in the premises to enable conduct underwater rescue and relief operations.