After much dilly-dallying over the last seven years, the Indore district administration has finally set the ball rolling for construction of a fire station at Sanwer Road industrial area.
District collector P Narhari recently convened a meeting of all the departments concerned and submitted a report to the state industry department on the issue.
“The project was stuck as it was not clear which department will take the responsibility for operation and maintenance. It has now been decided that Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) will operate the fire station,” an industry department official said.
Sanwer Road area is home to about 1,400 industries and according to the industry association, 23 fire mishaps have been reported in the area this year leading to loss worth crores.
“As per the plan, Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN), Indore, will construct the building, the home ministry will provide two fire machines, while the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) will ensure its maintenance,” Association of Industry, Madhya Pradesh, president OP Dhoot told HT.
At present, the nearest fire station is located at a distance of 8 km in Laxmibai Nagar and it takes 25-30 minutes for fire machines to reach the site of mishap depending on the traffic.
“Traffic congestion at Banganga bridge also creates problems,” Dhoot said. The association expects the fire station to become operational in about 18 months.
As per a study conducted by the fire department, Sanwer Road industrial area is one of the most fire prone areas of the city. The industrial area is home to many factories dealing in plastics and summer months see the highest number of fire incidents.
Five years ago, the government had allocated 10,000 square feet land at the industrial area for the construction of the building. The industry department has also sanctioned Rs 80 lakh for building construction. Tenders for the construction work will be issued once the industry department gives the green signal.