Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise Chakravath commenced at Kochi on April 5, 2018. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan. inaugurated an Exhibition at the Sagara Hall of Cochin Port Trust (CoPT) consisting of around 60 stalls put up by various National and State level agencies, NGOs and vendors, for displaying a large range of equipment used for Disaster Relief. This was followed by the Chief Minister witnessing the main highlight of the exercise, the Skill Demo, which was conducted in the Mattancherry Channel off the BTP Jetty, CoPT.
The exhibition witnessed huge participation from the general public and generated greater awareness of HADR capabilities of the concerned agencies amongst the local populace of the city. The Chief Minister was also shown an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp set up by the Army and a Field Hospital, jointly set up by the Navy, Army and General Hospital Kochi. The Skill Demo witnessed by the Chief Minister, along with Shri Kadannappally Ramachandran, Minister of Ports, Ms Shailaja, Minister for Health and Shri E Chandrasekharan, Minister of State for Revenue and Disaster Management from the deck of naval survey vessel INS Sarvekshak showcased the capabilities and prowess of the Armed Forces, as well as all State Agencies, in tackling an emergency using all available resources. The setting was the aftermath of a Cyclone hitting the coast of Kerala and demonstrated coordinated actions taken by various agencies.
The demonstration included an aerial survey by Naval Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft, Search and Rescue operations, Port Clearance operations, Wreck Salvage Operations, Disaster Relief operations by the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, a Pollution Response demo by a Coast Guard Pollution Control Vessel and a 'Bambi Bucket' demo by an IAF helicopter for dousing forest fires.
Earlier in the day, a seminar, for experience sharing by various agencies and Disaster Management Plan was also conducted at Samudrika auditorium of CoPT, Willingdon Island. Shri E Chandrasekharan, Minister of State for Revenue and Disaster Management was the Chief Guest for the event. The Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral A R Karve delivered the inaugural address, where he highlighted the aim of the exercise being making Kerala Disaster Resilient. The seminar was participated by eminent speakers from the State Administration, Armed Forces, National Disaster Response Force, academia and other fields. A total of eight speakers from various government agencies presented their views.
Chakravath was conducted by the Southern Naval Command at Kochi from April 5-8, 2018. Training sessions were also conducted at the Exhibition Hall for volunteers, by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Department of Health Services and Fire and Rescue Services.