British era hooter trigger panic among Shimla residents

North Gazette News/Shimla
The British hooter that notifies office hours in Himachal capital, on Tuesday morning triggered panic among Shimla residents as it went off at the unscheduled time i.e. 4.09 am.

As per reports, the hooter that is installed at Central Telegraph Office on Mall Road in Shimla went off due a technical snag, creating panic among Shimla residents.

“the residents came out of their houses as the Himachal government had earlier notified that the British era hooter would also be used for notifying emergency situations. Many Shimla residents made frantic calls to police officials and fire officials to know whether the hooter was sounded to notify any emergency situations,” official sources said.

However, they returned to their houses after sometime as police and fire department officials failed to give any satisfactory reply to their queries as the hooter is operated by Civil Defence Department.

DC Shimla Dinesh Malhotra said that it was for the very first time that such incident had happened and they had already ordered an inquiry into the incident.

“Initial investigations suggest that the British era hooter went off due to a technical snag and the technical glitch has now being fixed,” Malhotra said, adding that the Administrative Officer of Civil Defence Batallion, Navita has been asked to probe the entire incident.

The British era hooter notifies office timings to Shimla residents i.e. 10 am and 5 pm everyday.

Last year, Himachal government had decided to use the hooter only to notify emergency situations but the decision was later repealed.