Chandigarh: In the wake of Jalandhar factory collapse, Punjab government on Thursday offered 60 acres of land for stationing a battalion of the National Disaster Response Force permanently in the state.
    
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal made the announcement four days after a three story building collapsed in Jalandhar killing over 10 persons.
    
In a communique to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister apprised him of the recent tragedy.
    
Badal mentioned that NDRF battalion stationed in Bathinda had been doing a commendable job in rescue operations. Earlier too, they had been helpful during the 2010 floods in the state, an official statement quoting Badal said here.
    
Badal also informed the Prime Minister that the battalion in Bathinda was a temporary arrangement and would be relocated to Himachal Pradesh in due course.
    
In view of their crucial role in mounting an effective response during times of emergency, Badal demanded to have a battalion permanently stationed in Punjab and therefore urged Singh to direct the concerned authorities to initiate early action in this behalf.

(Agencies)