In a first-of-its-kind private initiative in the country, the city of high-rises got two 90-metre high fire hydraulic platforms to deal with fire disasters and other emergency situations.
Realty major DLF launched its own fire brigade at Cyber City (near building number 14) for residential and commercial complexes spread across DLF areas and procured the platforms at Rs 10 crore each from a Finland-based company.
Gurgaon houses nearly 800 high-rises and has just two hydraulic platforms with a maximum height of only 42 metres.
The tallest building in Gurgaon, at present, is the Hamilton Court complex in DLF City (Phase IV) at 90 metres.
However, private developers are now constructing over 180-metre-high buildings in the new sectors earmarked in Master Plan 2025. Even neighbouring Delhi has fire platforms of just 60 metres height.
“We have placed an order with the same Finland company for a 70-metre-high hydraulic platform,” said head of Delhi fire service AK Sharma, who inaugurated DLF’s fire brigade.
DLF has acquired three such fire platforms — two for Gurgaon and one for its SEZ in Chennai — at the cost of a total Rs 30 crore.
SK Dheri, head of fire safety at DLF, said that the 90-metre high hydraulic platforms will be used for the first time in India.
“These platforms can lift up to 18,000 kilolitres of water or 400 kg weight and can rotate at a 380 degree angle,” he said.
Another DLF fire station is planned to come up at Phase 5 near the sewage treatment plant. While Cyber City is the hub of commercial buildings, Phase 5 houses several high-rise condominiums.
Nearly 40 firemen will man each of the two fire stations and will be available for rescue operations in DLF areas.
However, company officials said the private firm would extend its service in case of emergencies in other parts of the city as well.