Disaster Response Force units planned in 4 cities

Disaster Response Force units planned in 4 cities

To combat emergency situations in an effective manner, a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) will be set up along the lines of Delhi-based National Disaster Response Force, said K L Sudhir, IGP and ADG (Fire and Emergency Services).

Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop organised on ‘Chemical Disaster Prevention Day’ by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday, he said that the SDRF, to be set up by the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, would come up in four places — Bangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga and Mangalore.

“It will be equipped to face any kind of disasters such as floods, gas tragedies among others. But external agencies and governmental bodies such as the Forest department, non-governmental organisation, KSPCB, Karnataka Environment Department should lend their support,” he said.

Sudhir pointed out that Bangalore, growing at a rapid pace, was vulnerable to emergency situations. “The City needs to have robust onsite and offsite emergency plans. All the industries should practise disaster management techniques. The list of hazardous industries of the State has been zoned/ listed by the Department of Factories and Boilers. But has it reached Forest Department, State Disaster Management or other government agencies? Networking is crucial and the need of the hour,” he said.

KSPCB Chairman Vaman Acharya maintained that the Board had instructed the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts to prepare a list of industries and include details such as safety measures adopted by them, the number of employees, etc. “We will try our best not to allow chemical or pharma industries to expand their base in the City limits,” he said.

Member of the National Disaster Management Authority K M Singh participated in a similar seminar organised at the Madras Engineer Group and Centre near Ulsoor Lake.

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