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Unsafe Ravindralaya

ONE OF the prominent auditoriums in the city, Ravindralaya, located near Charbagh railway station, is not safe any more. Consignments of insecticides, pesticides and inflammable material are kept in the stores of the auditorium located right under its dais. It only needed a spark to blow off the stage and set the entire auditorium on fire, said an officer.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 01:27 IST

ONE OF the prominent auditoriums in the city, Ravindralaya, located near Charbagh railway station, is not safe any more.

Consignments of insecticides, pesticides and inflammable material are kept in the stores of the auditorium located right under its dais. It only needed a spark to blow off the stage and set the entire auditorium on fire, said an officer.

Recently, the Governor and the CM, along with a host of senior judges attended the annual conference of UP Judicial Services Association organised at the auditorium. The VIPs were unmindful of the fact that a time bomb was ticking right under the dais over which they were seated.

During inspection of the auditorium later, the officials of the State Intelligence and fire control department detected the store. The officers were aghast at finding that inflammable material was kept in the stores. Even the AC plant of the auditorium was not safe, according to the norms set by the fire control department.

In a letter to the principal secretary and director general medical health, Additional DG Intelligence BB Jindal has said the communicable diseases department, a wing of the health department was using that store to keep insecticide and pesticides. It was a clear-cut violation of the safety norms and the store should be shifted immediately, both intelligence and fire department officials said.

The power panels installed in the blower room of the AC plant should also be shifted to a safer place, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the manager of Ravindralaya informed that the State culture department had released Rs 25 lakh for the renovation of the auditorium. After shifting of the store and power panels, the renovation work would begin, he said.