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BJP councillor links Vastu to Jaipur fires, wants changes in civic body building for respite

The councillor’s letter asks for getting the building re-evaluated by a “good Vastu expert” and making the changes suggested by him to bring respite from fire incidents

jaipur Updated: Apr 28, 2018 21:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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BJP councillor Anil Sharma has written a letter to Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoty, suggesting that he change the arrangements at the municipal corporation’s headquarters as per Vastu Shastra. (HT File Photo)

A BJP councillor has written a letter to Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoty, suggesting that he change the arrangements at the municipal corporation’s headquarters as per Vastu Shastra, so that the city people would get respite from incidents of fire and other accidents.

Vastu Shastra contains the principles of engineering and architecture as was practised in ancient India. The treatise deals with codes of planning and construction of dwelling spaces.

“Mayor Lahoty believes in Vastu and had made changes to the headquarters building after his appointment to improve the image and working of the corporation. But in the last four months, there have been major and repeated incidents of fire in the city, leading to loss of life and property,” Anil Sharma said on Friday.

The letter, sent to the mayor last week, stated that changes to the building included roads on all sides, entry and exit points, and other internal and external modifications.

“Apart from that, many devices (yantra) were also fitted inside the mayor’s cabin, which are still there. Changes were made to many officers’ rooms as well, according to Vastu,” the letter stated.

“But despite that, JMC’s image is getting dented with every passing day and the working has also slowed down. There is also a lack of support among officers, public representatives and workers in the corporation.”

The councillor’s letter asks for getting the building re-evaluated by a “good Vastu expert” and making the changes suggested by him to bring respite from fire incidents.

In January, a two-storey house was gutted in Vidyadhar Nagar, killing five people. Before that, a marriage venue in the city was burnt to ashes. The fire department records 3,050 incidents of blaze in 2016-17. According to the chief fire officer (CFO) Jalaj Ghasiya, the incidents in 2017-18 could be close to the previous year’s numbers.

Mayor Lahoty denied receiving any such letter. “The changes we made to the building had nothing to do with Vastu. People had to initially come and go from the back gate but we have opened the front gate to make it easier for people. We have made some other changes, but they have nothing to do with Vastu,” Lahoty said.

The letter also stated that the city has been experiencing incidents of fire after the appointment of Shipra Sharma as the deputy commissioner of the fire department. The councillor asks for the appointment of someone else in her place.

Calling it his personal opinion, Shipra said, “If he gives relevant statistics or comparative charts which show that since my appointment in November, such incidents have increased, then it’ll hold water. To me it seems like a superstitious act of branding people as unlucky, that’s all.”

She said the fire department has undergone changes since her appointment. “The vehicles and motorcycles that have come under my tenure were not there with the department before. Proper uniforms for firemen are being made. A record of all fire calls is being kept, which was not there earlier. This is all recorded evidence against his personal opinion,” she said.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 21:44 IST