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Disaster response force base comes up in Delhi to respond to bio, nuke attacks

A team to combat chemical or radiological leakage or attack incidents has also been based at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2017 23:48 IST
Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) prepare to take part in the clean-up operation at a container depot, where a gas leak occurred, in New Delhi.
Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) prepare to take part in the clean-up operation at a container depot, where a gas leak occurred, in New Delhi.(AFP File Photo)

An elite NDRF team equipped with nuclear and biological combat gear has been positioned in the heart of the New Delhi to quickly respond to dangerous threats to not only the seat of power but also to the local population.

Keeping in view the disaster vulnerability profile and high seismic activity in and around Delhi, another special team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), in 24x7 operational readiness, has been based in South West Delhi’s RK Puram area recently.

A third team to combat chemical or radiological leakage or attack incidents has also been based at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). Senior home ministry and NDRF officials said a small team of about 30 personnel equipped with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) disasters combat was stationed near the India Gate area sometime back.

“The national capital area has all the protective mechanism against terror and other security-related threats but a specialised protective shield and response mechanism against CBRN threats and disasters was not available in the vicinity,” a senior officer said.

Hence, he said, a specially chosen team of some of the best NDRF personnel has been deployed 24x7 in this area which houses the seat of power and the government. This team, based in Jamnagar House, will also be able to respond to any CBRN threat to any public place or market area in Delhi at a short notice.

Till now, the NDRF base in sector-19 in Ghaziabad was tasked with the responsibility of the Delhi area. “This was a concern as an NDRF team rushing from Ghaziabad in such an emergency would take time owing to traffic conditions and other issues. The distance factor has now been cut,” the officer said. The 45-member team at RK Puram will respond to any disaster that takes place in Delhi.