After proving its mettle in handling natural disasters, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will soon set up a new battalion to deal with nuclear fallout.
"A battalion to be based in Noida, UP, will be trained to deal with nuclear, chemical and biological disasters," ITBP Director General Kanwal Jit Singh told reporters on Friday.
He was addressing a press conference ahead of the Force's 43rd Raising Day on Sunday.
Singh said experts from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre would provide technical training to ITBP jawans at Bhanu, near Chandigarh, to deal with nuclear or biological weapons disasters.
The new battalion would take about a year to be fully operationalised, he added.
The Director-General said ITBP would also provide training at its Chandigarh unit to deal with natural disasters.
The Force had carried out rescue missions during floods, earthquakes and cloudbursts in the Himalayan region for several years, he said.
On the addition of 44 new border posts under ITBP in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, Singh said, "There might be a re-orientation course to give our forces more information about the area."
Singh decorated 61 ITBP officers and jawans with the Director-General's insignia.
ITBP contingents from various sectors also took part in a ceremonial parade held on the occasion.