When we talk about the least safe areas of the city to deal with a fire emergency, Burail village, near Sector 45, tops the list. A visit to the area shows a web of electric wires posing a major threat to people. Even the skyline is not clearly visible from the ground floor as wires remain entangled with each other from one corner to the other. Kundi connections to arrange power without paying electricity bills is a common practice here. Residents and traders fail to get their power load sanctioned from the UT electricity department leading to tripping of transformers and short circuits.
As the HT team meandered its way into the narrow lanes of Burail and inner roads of Sector 45A, there was hardly any space for two four wheelers to move simultaneously. In case of a fire, it will be a herculean task for fire tenders to reach the spot.
Residents have made different alterations in their houses and buildings, some of them even extended till the road. The village has a number of guest houses and a majority of them have been constructed without following mandatory by laws.
A major fire had broke out in a godown at Burail in 2012. The godown was stocked with secondhand readymade clothes. The village has a number of godowns where raw material is stored. A huge junk market of spare parts, tyres and other shops are also situated in the area. Shopkeepers give two hoots to fire safety norms and rarely install any equipment.
Baljinder Singh Gujral from Kesho Ram Complex said, “Congestion is a major problem. Burail is a village and was built with narrow lanes which continue to exist even now, though the population has increased manifold.