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Tinder box city, 70% jump in fire mishaps

india Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:14 IST
HT Correspondent

Assets worth R43 crore were gutted in several incidents of fire in the city where the number of such tragedies increased by 70% in one year, even as the fire department has been facing shortage of manpower.

In 2010, the fire department received a total of 857 calls, up from 504 calls a year ago, a data released by the fire brigade has revealed.

The number of casualty in those accidents was also increased to 10 last year from 9 in a year ago.

The economic lose occurred in 2010 was more than triple than R9.94 crore lose in 2009, the department said and attributed these losses to the paucity of workforce.

Currently, the department has 115 employees deployed in three fire stations. However, to cater to 15.14 lakh population, the city needs 300 more staff.

The department said, despite manpower shortage, it also cater to several neighbouring areas, including Mewat, Daruheda, Bhiwadi, Faridabad, and Rewari.

Recently, six employees were fired from Sohna fire brigade unit, leaving only one person to handle the operations.