Thiruvananthapuram, July 12: To mark World Population Day, two-day National level Conference on Crowd Management kicked off in Kerala which discussed the best practices and use of technology and media; also to develop crowd management strategies and prevent stampedes that lead to heavy loss of life.
This two-day Conference has been organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), jointly with the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) at Thiruvananthapuram. The conference was inaugurated by E. Chandrasekharan, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Kerala.
The conference aims to strengthen the ongoing capacity building measures and thus enhance the preparedness of all stakeholders to organise safe mass gathering events. It will help further sensitise the stakeholders to the need for implementing the salient features of the NDMA Guidelines on Crowd Management formulated in the year 2014. The conference also aims to discuss Best Practices and the use of technology and media for Risk Reduction at such events.
Two technical sessions –Understanding Risk (Causes and Triggers) and Lessons Learnt/Experience Sharing and Best Practices –were discussed on the first day. Three more technical sessions –Planning & Coordination, Safety Standards -Fire Works and Use of Animals in Festivals, and Cross-Cutting Issues will be held today.
India has 17.86% of the total world population and boasts of cultural, religious and traditional festivals characterised by events of mass gathering, making it highly vulnerable to crowd-related disasters. As it is possible to completely prevent these disasters, NDMA formulated a guideline for ‘Managing Crowd at Events and Venues of Mass Gathering’ in 2014 for State Governments, local authorities, administrators and organisers.