MP: Mandideep industrial area awaits advanced fire station
The Mandideep Industrial Area (MIA) is waiting for a fully equipped fire station that could control fire in a short time. There are more than 700 industries in the area but the Mandideep municipality has only four fire tenders (water based).bhopal Updated: Jun 09, 2015 23:40 IST
The Mandideep Industrial Area (MIA) is waiting for a fully equipped fire station that could control fire in a short time.
There are more than 700 industries in the area but the Mandideep municipality has only four fire tenders (water based).
There are other five fire tenders which belong to different industries. If a fire incident occurs, fire tenders have to be called from near by Bhopal and Obaidullahganj, which cause increase in losses.
On January 11, the municipality failed to control a fire that broke out at Gayatri Fertilizers in the absence of proper fire extinguisher.
"The government is not paying heed to our demands for a fire station in the industrial area. In MIA, an investment of Rs 1000 crore is on stake and in the absence of proper fire station, any disaster could be happened with the small fire incident," said Sanjay Khandelwal, the president of Mandideep Industries Association (MIA).
The government had floated a tender to set up a modern fire station at MIA but the developer failed to execute the assignment. The Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN) has also forfeited the security fees.
AKVN managing director JN Vyas said setting up a fire station was not their job, but of the urban administration department. "Our job is just to provide them land for the station," said Vyas.
He also said industrialists should take care of their companies from fire by strictly following the norms formed industry health and security department.
"Instead of demanding a fire station, they should work more on avoiding any such incident," said Vyas.
Sanwaria Group managing director Anil Sanwaria said, "We pay development tax to AKVN and how can AKVN shed their responsibility by saying it’s the duty of local authorities."
"It’s illogical to say that industrialists should take care of their industries themselves. We follow all norms and fire breaks out accidentally. We are demanding to control aftermath," he said.
Goods worth Rs 70 lakh gutted in fire in Mandideep
Goods worth Rs 70 lakh were gutted after a fire broke out at Rehman Timber Factory in Mandideep Industrial Area (MIA) in Raisen in the wee hours on Monday.
It took the authorities about eight hours to extinguish the fire with the help of fire tenders called from Bhopal, Obaidullahganj, Raisen and Budhni. Sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Shrivastava and Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam managing director JN Vyas reached the spot.
Factory’s director Rehamanuddin said raw woods and furniture reduced to ashes due to delay in dousing fire. The reason of fire has not been identified yet.
First Published: Jun 09, 2015 23:33 IST