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MCG to spend Rs 30 cr for safety equipment

india Updated: Mar 20, 2012 00:28 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is all set to buy advanced equipment and tools to tackle emergency situations in the city.

The civic body has earmarked a budget of R30 crore for the financial year 2012-13 to buy fire-fighting equipment.

Sources said Rs 22 crore had been earmarked to buy hydraulic machines, Rs 3 crore for fire-fighting equipment and R5 crore for machines and tools to manage disasters.

The city has over 600 apartments and a population of over 15 lakh.

But due to the absence of adequate fire-fighting equipment, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon has to depend upon private agencies to handle emergency situations.

“The new hydraulic platform machine with a capacity to reach 101 metre height will be purchased,” said a senior civic body official. “The new machine will enhance the corporation’s strength of tackling fire in buildings above 42 metres,” he added.

At present, the municipal corporation has two hydraulic platform machines which can reach up to 42 metre, while the city has buildings above 90 metres. The corporation is also likely to purchase water browser, foam tender, water tender, small tender, fire jeep etc. The Haryana government has directed the MCG to handle emergency situations in the city.

“Our main objective is to strengthen the corporation with all advanced machines and well-trained staff,” said a senior official of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon.

“Funds are not an issue. Our only concern at this moment is to handle emergency situations,” the civic body official added.