Itanagar: Two new battalions of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with approximately 2,000 personnel will be coming up in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh soon.
Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said the battalion headquarters are being set up at Hallongi in Arunachal Pradesh and at Sarangi in Assam.
“It was a happy occasion for the North-East as the foundation for establishment of 12th and 1st battalion headquarters of the NDRF were laid at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh and Sarangi near Guwahati,” he said.
The foundation stone at the Arunachal Pradesh event was laid by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the Assam event by the state’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday.
“It has been possible due to the special efforts by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Rijiju said.
Speaking on the occasion at Hallongi on Saturday, Khandu said the permanent stationing of the NDRF battalion in Arunachal Pradesh will not only help the state, but will also be available for service to neighbouring Assam. He said the fight against natural calamities and man-made disaster in the state would be strengthened by the presence of NDRF and lives and property would be saved.