Delhi Police is procuring sophisticated radiation detection devices to equip its personnel in tracking radioactive material in the capital in the wake of such substance landing in a scrapyard here.
The city police will be procuring four radiation meters which can detect radioactive material in real time soon following directions from the National Disaster Management Authority, a senior police official said.
"We will be buying hand-held device weighing around 1.5 kg which can detect Alpha, Beta, Gama and X-Rays. If the device can detect nuclides, then it is more preferable," the official said.
Police is looking for equipment like Geiger-Muller counter that can detect and measure radiation in environment in real time besides Nal and CSL Scintillation diode.
It is also open to the idea of buying the equipment from foreign companies. "We have already initiated a process for buying these equipment. Manufactures can contact us or through their authorized distributors.
"We will also be looking to the participation in the tender process from government and semi-government organizations, PSUs and also from foreign principals through their India-based agents for purchasing these equipment," the official said.
The move comes in the backdrop of radiation leak in Mayapuri scrap market where ten sources of radioactive Cobalt-60 were detected, exposing at least ten people to radiation.
The equipment procured will have the facility to display radiation count for an area on its screen.
"If the radiation is at an alarming level, the equipment should sent an audio signal," the official said.
He said six policemen had last year undergone training on handling chemical and radiation exposure cases. "We will be training more personnel once we procure these equipment," he added.
The NDMA had already written to Union Home Ministry to install equipment in police vans which can detect radioactive elements.
"Police vans should be fitted with equipment that can detect radioactive substances. We have suggested this to the government and hope they are taking action in this direction," a senior NDMA official said.
Once the plan falls in place, Delhi Police is likely to get 20 such equipment on their PCR vans.