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Chavan wants to make Mantralaya disaster-proof

Learning a lesson from last month’s Mantralaya fire, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is now keen on making the state headquarters disaster-proof.

mumbai Updated: Jul 07, 2012 01:28 IST
Dharmendra Jore

Learning a lesson from last month’s Mantralaya fire, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is now keen on making the state headquarters disaster-proof.

Raja Aederi Consultants, an architectural firm, gave a presentation on the fire safety in Mantralaya in the presence of Chavan on Friday.

After studying the four fire-ravaged floors, the firm came up with a plan that involves creating more space using modular fire-proof structures. The firm suggested measures such as installation of modern fire safety equipment and clearance of congestions points.

Despite union agriculture minister’s suggestion, Chavan has rejected the idea of redeveloping the Mantralaya.

He wants the administration to use the same old building after refurbishing it, because two teams of experts have certified the structure as harmless. The CM and his deputy Ajit Pawar started working from the first floor of the old building four days after the fire.

The firm has also asked the administration to make separate entry, exit points and more emergency exits to avert a stampede in case of a disaster.

The firm has quoted an expenditure of Rs100 crore for the renovation of the Mantralaya.

A senior official said: “Nothing has been finalised as yet. The CM plans to get the work done in three-four months after giving a work contract.”

In the meeting, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) gave a presentation on its fire safety preparedness and some suggestions for the administration to deal with such a disaster.