Apathy: Amritsar’s GND Hospital still not fire-safe

  • Divya Sharma, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2016 15:59 IST
Fire extinguisher sans refilling date. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Even as 22 patients were killed and over 20 others injured in a fire that broke out at a Bhubaneswar hospital on Monday evening, city-based Guru Nanak Dev Hospital seems least concerned about preparedness for a similar emergency.

HT has reported twice – on May 2 and May 25 – that how the government facility lacks fire-safety equipment. On a visit to the hospital on Tuesday, HT found that nothing much has changed in the past few months.

A rusted fire hydrant at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

There are a number of fire extinguishers installed on the premises, but there is no way to find if these have been refilled, as slips are missing. Even the fire-fighting equipment at the entrance is in complete neglect. Fire hydrants to which hoses are attached have rusted and there are no sand buckets to douse the flames the traditional way.

Hospital superintendent Dr Ram Sarup Sharma, who had earlier told HT that “everything will be taken care of ”, said: “I have told the officials concerned to write to the fire department. We will request their team to visit and inspect the premises. The fire extinguishers will be refilled and the old ones will be replaced.”


The 250-bedded Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs Memorial Civil Hospital situated near Ram Bagh, however, has shown signs of improvement. Fire extinguishers have been filled and buckets have been filled with sand, unlike the situation reported on May 2. Fire hydrants, however, have still not been take care of.

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