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Punjab should also set up disaster response force: NDRF DIG

punjab Updated: Apr 18, 2012 20:29 IST
Rajeev Bhaskar

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deputy inspector general JKS Rawat on Wednesday advocated that Punjab should also create its own special force to deal with disasters.

"Some states like Gujarat, Orissa, Tripura and J&K have already established their own special disaster response forces to deal with any exigency. On the same pattern, Punjab should also establish a specialised force to deal with disasters," DIG Rawat told Hindustan Times on the sidelines of a rescue operation at the site where a factory building had collapsed on Sunday night.

Special training and highly sensitive instruments were required to establish such forces, which could be imparted training by the NDRF, he revealed.

So far, the Centre had set up 10 battalion of NDRF at as many strategic locations, of which four battalions stationed in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Pune were capable of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) disaster management, the DIG revealed.

"Gradually every battalion would be trained for CBRN disaster management, he said adding that recently two more battalions of NDRF had been sanctioned and would be established at Mysore in Karnataka and Hardwar in Uttarakhand.

In disasters like earthquakes and building collapses, special instruments like life detectors, victim location cameras and censor management system are used by NDRF during rescue operations.