The Patiala administration has made all arrangements to deal with any fires on Diwali as it has put its medical and fire brigade teams on alert.
According to information, the Patiala municipal corporation has directed the fire brigade department to work round the clock in order to provide timely assistance.
Special instructions have been passed on to respond to each and every call received on its emergency numbers.
The department has stationed a fire-dousing vehicle at a place earmarked for the sale of fire crackers on Behra Road.
Barring a few minor burns cases, no major incident had been reported last year.
“We are adequately equipped to tackle any situation in case of fires. Also, fire brigade stations at other places in the district are in touch with one another to act jointly in case of an inferno,” said Avtar Singh, fire officer.
The medical superintendent of Rajindra hospital said all emergency facilities would be available in the hospital as doctors had been told to be present on duty.
“We have also put special staff of doctors to provide backup in case of excessive intake of patients. Moreover, senior doctors have been asked to remain present in case of an emergency at night,” he said.
Civil surgeon Dr HS Bali said all civil hospitals across the district had been asked to ensure all facilities in the emergency departments.
Police beef up security
With a view to avoiding any untoward incident, the Patiala police have beefed up security in the district.
The police have deployed around 300 extra personnel across the district to keep a strict vigil on anti-social elements. Police personnel could be seen taking rounds of the market areas to keep a tab on notorious elements.
Several PCR teams have been put on alert, while special nakas have been laid at various sensitive points and patrolling teams deployed at key locations and bazaars.
“Special checking will be carried out to keep a check on illegal activities like smuggling of liquor and drugs and sale of spurious food items in the district,” said an official.