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No answer to major fire

DOES DISTRICT Administration have proper arrangements in the city to fight against major fire in order to avert Meerut-like tragedy? Considering the present scenario it can be said 'absolutely not'. The city may witness major causalities if immediate steps are not taken at least to overhaul the fire fighting system of the city. Established 60 years ago, the Fire Brigade Station in the city has not been upgraded while the city's population has gone up manifold.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 01:13 IST

DOES DISTRICT Administration have proper arrangements in the city  to fight against major fire in order to avert Meerut-like tragedy? Considering the present scenario it can be said 'absolutely not'.

The city may witness major causalities if immediate steps are not taken at least to overhaul the fire fighting system of the city. Established 60 years ago, the Fire Brigade Station in the city has not been upgraded while the city's population has gone up manifold. Taking into account the volume of population the city immediately needs at least three new fire stations to cope with the requirement.
Interestingly, the authorities and public representatives are not aware about it and probably they may be waiting for the Meerut type incident to happen. Even in 2004, during outbreak of major fire in Kareli which claimed nearly dozen of lives several promises were made by the district authorities to upgrade the fire fighting system in the city but to no avail. Absence of water hydrants in the densely populated localities may add to the woes during fire outbreak in those areas.

Sources at Fire Station disclosed that only two fire brigades are available here while only one of them is presently operational. Earlier the station had eight fire tenders with a capacity of 4500 litre each .

However the present fire tenders have only 2000 litre capacity and that too not lasting for more than 15 minutes. Above all the station has no fire protective equipment like ammonia suit, mask for its fire fighters . The Fire police has no option other than to use water in such fire where water is not supposed to be used as fire extinguisher.

They said fire norms were not being complied in buildings in the city area.  All the buildings of more than 15 metre height or 500 square metre constructed area in the city should compulsorily have fire dousing system including escape ladders.

Unfortunately this norm was being flouted openly by several departments especially ADA at the time of approval of house map.

No fire dousing arrangements have been made in Katra, Muthiganj, Chowk and other main markets where thousands of people are always present for shopping and other purposes. Apart from it the areas like Nuruallah Road, Khuldabad, Buxi Bazar, Bhusauli Tola and Shahganj the electricity wires are hanging lose and worn out that may cause outbreak of fire.

Meanwhile,  the trade fair scheduled to be held at KP College Inter College ground this week was postponed today. The organisers opined the decision was taken in view of Meerut incident.