Fire breaks out at shopping complex in Sangrur
A fire broke out in the control room of the mobile towers installed at a shopping complex at Dhuri, 15 km from Sangrur. A major incident was averted as locals along with fire brigade officials doused the fire on time.punjab Updated: Dec 20, 2012 22:37 IST
A fire broke out in the control room of the mobile towers installed at a shopping complex at Dhuri, 15 km from here.
A major incident was averted as locals along with fire brigade officials doused the fire on time.
The fire broke at around 11.45am when local shopkeepers witnessed blazes coming out from the tower's control room situated on top of the local Krishna Complex.
The shopkeepers raised an alarm and ran helter-skelter to save their lives.
Owing to the non-availability of the fire brigade office at Dhuri, fire-fighters from Sangrur took around two hours to control the fire.
To avoid any loss of life, the local police evacuated the entire market.
Tehsildar Manjit Singh also reached the spot to take stock of the situation.
Executive officer Ravneet Singh said a complaint would be registered with the SDM against the mobile-tower owners as no security guard was present at the time of the incident. He said the control room also lacked the fire-fighting equipment.
Meanwhile, the lackadaisical attitude of the district administration came to the fore as despite several representations, the authorities failed to remove mobile towers from commercial and residential areas.
"Two towers have been installed in violation of the Punjab and Haryana high court orders. We have repeatedly complained to the administration, but to no avail. Not only one, but two towers have been installed on the same building," said Rajinder Singh, a shopkeeper.
Dalip Kumar, another shopkeeper, said the authorities didn't pay heed to their long-pending demand of setting up a fire-fighting station at Dhuri as many fires had been reported in the past few months.