Inflatable NBC Shelter devised by Bharat ElectronicsDuring the month of November, 2016, we organised an international conference on disaster risk reduction. Along with the conference, an exhibition was also held to show-case India's progress in this field.
As an organiser, I did not get much opportunity to visit all the stalls. However, I visited few stalls, out of which I was extremely impressed by the stalls of DRDO and Bharat Electronics. Both the organisations have developed extremely useful instruments and equipments in the field of disaster risk reduction. One such equiment is Inflatabale NBC shelter developed by Bharat Electronics. Some of the salient features of this shelter are:-
(a) The material used is Neoprene rubber coated Nylon air tubes with Kevlar sleeves.
(b) The shelter is provided with CO2 cylinder and portable compressor.
(c) The shelter is useful at any extreme environment prevalent in India.
(d) It is sustainable against wind speed of 60 km./hour.
(e) The shelter is provided with toilet, wash basin and urinal.
(f) It is provided with LED flood-light and multi-tier beds.
(g) The shelter is transportable on Stallion Mk-IV vehicle.
(h) It is installable within one hour by five persons.
When I minutely examined the shelter, I felt very proud of achievements of Indian scientists. This NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) shelter has been developed by Indian scientists at an extremely low cost and such shelters would be extremely useful and life-saving in the eventuality of NBC disaster.