For MARI volunteers, the event started with assembly at 1100 hours at the beach. The Juhu Chowpatty Control Room (JCCR) of MARI was set up in the stall next to the BMC First Aid stall and the location was behind the main BMC stall. The VHF antenna was fixed atop one of the nearby searchlight towers and the advantage of this height was such that the JCCR was able to communicate with the Worli Control Room of Mumbai Traffic police. PSI Chanduji of the Mumbai Traffic Police who is posted in the Traffic Control Room is also a HAM with call sign VU2CKI and he was in constant touch with JCCR to get updates on the situation here. On the other side, JCCR was also able to communicate with the HAM station located on Versova Beach which was operated by VU3PMJ, Mr.Pankaj Jani, who also happens to be the Chief Warden in Civil Defence.
Two radio stations were also set-up on Tower 1 and Tower 2 of the Traffic police from where constant announcements were being made on the PA system directing the smooth flow of traffic onto the beach. There was a constant flow on reports coming in from these 2 stations to JCCR on the happenings on the beach. Also, messages were passed on these stations about the lost and found cases and our volunteers in turn passed on the description to the Police announcers who relayed the message asking the families to contact the Santa Cruz police chowky. All lost and found cases were successfully resolved in this manner.
About 16 HAM volunteers were mobile and had fanned out amongst the crowd from Khar Danda on the south end to beyond Sun N Sand on the north side of the beach and also on Juhu Tara road to constantly update the JCCR on the happenings everywhere.
Some statistics –
Operating Time – 1100hrs (18-Sep-13) to 0030hrs (19-Sep-13)
Total HAM volunteers : 23
Radio Stations set-up : 21 (one JCCR, one Worli control, one Versova control, 2 station on towers, 16 mobile units)
No. of lost & found cases - 19
No. of medical cases – 9
No. of crime cases - nil
We would like to thank the Mumbai Traffic Police for allowing us to participate in this event and involving us is co-ordinating with them for communication support. We are grateful to them for their selfless service and are proud to be associated with them.
On behalf of
Mumbai Amateur Radio Institute.[MARI]
Jayesh V Banatwala (VU2IVV)