Members of Association of Industry, Madhya Pradesh met government officials on Sunday and urged them to expedite the project of setting up a fire station in Sanver Road in Indore.
“We have met the mayor and the officials, and apprised them about the problems facing the city’s largest industrial area,” president of Association of Industry, Madhya Pradesh, Hemant Mehtani said.
The association wants the fire station to become operational in six months.
The association has estimated that the entire project, including construction of the station, purchase of two fire tenders and equipment, will cost about Rs 1 crore.
The building alone will cost about Rs 50 lakhs, as it will have staff quarters for at least 10 people.
Six years after a proposal to start a fire station in the region, the ground work is yet to begin. With the nearest fire station more than four km away, it takes more than 30 minutes for fire tenders to reach the spot.
The factories face risk of being gutted completely, in case fire breaks out in the industrial area spread over 6.5 sq. km.
The government has sanctioned 10,000 square feet of land for the station two years ago, while the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has already sanctioned the project.
Construction of the fire station was interrupted due to delay in land allocation by the state government.
Even after land was allocated two years ago, the model code of conduct coming into force due to state elections followed by general elections delayed the sanctioning procedure.
More than 15 units have been gutted in fire mishaps in the industrial area in the past three years. The region is also home to several plastic units that are more prone to fire.