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In case of fire, don't call Faridabad fire services

india Updated: Aug 09, 2010 00:14 IST
Prabhu Razdan

Even though the upcoming high-rises in the town has put it back on the NCR real estate map, if disaster strikes, everyone's on their own.

Fire services department in Faridabad is completely ill-equipped to deal with any major fire incident in these high-rise buildings.

According to officials of the department of town and country planning, Haryana government, high-rise residential complexes are coming up in areas such as Nehar Par (across Agra canal) and Surajkund.

But, if there is a fire, the fire department officials can't reach beyond two floors in the building due to the absence of any hydraulic platform.

"We give no objection certificate to builders after checking their in-built fire safety system, which include water tanks fitted with pipes and manned by trained men," said Balak Ram, fire station officer of Ballabgarh and NIT area.

The fire services department in Faridabad lacks even a basic feature of hydraulic ladder. "Unlike in Gurgaon and New Delhi, we do not have hydraulic ladder," Ram said.

"The aluminium ladder, even after extension reaches only two floors, which will not serve the purpose when high-rises are concerned."

"We have written to the government that we are in urgent need of at least 100- to 150-feet long hydraulic ladder," said D.N. Sharma, assistant divisional forest officer of Faridabad.

"We are yet to receive a response," he said.

According to Sharma, shortage of staff is another problem. "Faridabad has nine fire tenders, besides one rescue tender," he said.

At present, the fire services department comes under the district municipal corporation.

However, talks are in progress to separate the department, as has been witnessed in other states.