NDMA to station another battalion in Ludhiana or Jalandhar
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy today assured Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh that another full-fledged battalion would be stationed in and around Ludhiana or Jalandhar permanently besides the already existing unit in Bathinda.chandigarh Updated: Jun 05, 2012 16:57 IST
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice-chairman M Shashidhar Reddy on Tuesday assured Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal that another full-fledged battalion would be stationed in and around Ludhiana or Jalandhar permanently besides the already existing unit in Bathinda.
Reddy led a high-powered delegation of NDMA regarding multi-state earthquake preparedness campaign for a meeting with the chief minister here on Tuesday.
Reddy informed Badal that the basic objective of the NDMA was to understand the implications of a possible major earthquake and its likely impact on states, based on its preparedness, response and coordination.
He pointed out that Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, J&K and Union Territory of Chandigarh fall close to prominent fault lines, making them vulnerable to this hazard. Therefore, it was the joint responsibility of the NDMA and concerned states to ensure awareness among the people about earthquake preparedness, besides focusing on development and collection of requisite data/information from departments and districts of the participating states.
He said that a mock drill would be conducted in Chandigarh and Shimla in February 2013 involving the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali and Shimla. The exercise would be based on the assumption of a quake in Mandi area with realistic events built on scientific principles.
Participation of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh would be ensured besides observers from Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand would be deployed to oversee the entire mock drill, he added.
First Published: Jun 05, 2012 16:55 IST