The government is planning to build a facility to provide shelter to ‘VVIPs’ in case of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack, war, a nuclear accident or any other severe disaster, sources familiar with the plan told Daily Times on Sunday.
They said the Rs 8 billion facility will be built in the federal capital with technical assistance from foreign experts including from Japan, and is expected to withstand an accident of unprecedented nature.
The proposed National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) complex will house the shelter and a National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC). The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has agreed in principle to allot 50 kanals in Sector G-5 for the project.
According to the National Disaster Management Ordinance of 2006, the national institute – and its provincial, district and local subsidiaries – will provide advisory and consultative services with the help of security experts to enhance the disaster response management capacity.
The experts will create training modules, prepare management structure, impart training, facilitate public awareness activities and undertake research activities in the disaster mitigation area.
Deliberations on the construction of the facility are still in progress, the sources said, and National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lt Gen ® Farooq Ahmad Khan had briefed President Asif Zardari about the shelter in a recent meeting.
But the Interior Ministry has quoted the Islamabad traffic SSP as having expressed reservations on the proposed location of the complex in Sector G-5, which houses a number of embassies. The Traffic Office has suggested shifting the location to Sector H-12.