Arunachal Govt. Plans to Set up Disaster Relief Centre

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The Arunachal Pradesh government has asked the state police department to prepare a plan and work out modalities for setting up a disaster relief center here, said an official on Friday.

According to reports, the state government has 25 acres of land at Hollongi, where a base of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has already been developed and the proposed center could be built in the area.

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar while inaugurating a fire station and a yoga center said that the department could emulate the model of the proposed center with all necessary equipment and adequate manpower from other successful states for establishing it for quick response during disasters.

Kumar further reiterated that the state falls under the seismic zone V and asked forces to be prepared for any eventuality. “We must explore possibilities of integrated approach by all the disaster response forces in the state during an emergency,” said Kumar.

He also assured fire brigade officials to complete all the ongoing projects in a time-bound manner.

The state government had sanctioned Rs 24 crore for three such fire stations at Itanagar, Naharlagun and Pasighat under the police modernization scheme.

About 80 percent of construction works of the Naharlagun fire station and 70 percent of the Pasighat station have been completed said DGP R P Upadhyaya said. The DGP said that the state presently has 23 fire stations and out of which, two are not functioning at Longding and Hawai due to ongoing construction works.

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