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National Disaster Response Force Director General, OP Singh yesterday laid the foundation stone for a permanent NDRF station at Sudumbare village in Pune district of Maharashtra. Speaking at the function, Mr Singh said, top priority will be dealing with disasters like landslides.
The station at Sudumbare will house NDRF’s fifth battalion. Mr Singh said, the fifth battalion is among their most important battalions. He said, it has played important roles in the biggest disasters in recent times, be it the tsunami in Japan, the earthquake in Nepal, the Malin landslide, Chennai floods, Jammu and Kashmir floods or Uttarakhand floods. 
The site at Sudumbare, which was allotted to the NDRF in 2009, covers an area of 62.5 acre. Construction on the site is on and six structures have been partially completed till now. Mr Singh said, a total of 17 buildings will come up on the site comprising offices, administrative blocks, training facilities and housing barracks.

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