Udyog Vihar awaits dedicated fire station
Even though several months have passed, a fire substation at Udyog Vihar Phase 1 is still waiting for basic facilities to start its operation. The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has failed to provide electricity, phone connection and other infrastructure to the new substation.
The substation was supposed to start its operation in May last year. This industrial township has 1,250 units and majority of them are vulnerable to fire.
“Udyog Vihar Phase 1 is an industrial area, which needs a dedicated fire station to avoid any untoward incident. The response time is very crucial to control a fire,” said a fire official on the condition of anonymity.
MCG has been delaying the start of substation for the past eight months by not providing these facilities, said the official.
MCG officials said that the problem would be sorted out soon. “We will provide the basic facilities to the substation and it will start its operation soon,” MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal said.
The new fire substation will have three fire tenders and 28 fighters.
“The new substation will add more teeth to the fire department to deal with untoward accidents in the city,” said Hanuman Sihag, chief fire officer, Gurgaon.
Surprisingly, local businessmen have said they will oppose the functioning of any fire substation in the area.
“The fire station will create more trouble for us. Fire officials will blackmail us to get NOC and complete other formalities. We don’t want any fire station in our area,” said AP Jain, general secretary, Udyog Vihar Industries Association.