Post Delhi tragedy, Gurugram fire dept swings into action
Additional Municipal Commissioner YS Gupta on Tuesday held a meeting with fire officials and instructed them to make proper arrangements to deal with any such incidents.
The meeting was convened on the instruction of Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri.
Gupta instructed the fire officials to increase manpower and temporarily deploy fire brigade near areas which are vulnerable to fire. It was done to ensure timely response to the any such incidents. It was suggested that such arrangements will be made near Badshahpur Community Center and Kherki Daula tolls.
“The officials were asked to identify clusters in their respective areas where the chances of fire are high and send a report to concerned department to take action on unauthorised activities at these places,” Gupta said.
The civic body decided to launched massive campaign to make Sadar Bazar free of encroachment. Along with this, all concerned executive engineers have been asked take action against unauthorized factory and commercial activities in their respective areas.
It was also decided in the meeting that citizens should inform the district administration, municipal corporation and fire department about illegal factories and commercial activities in residential areas. “The concerned department will take action on unauthorised activities on the basis of information. The fire department will also cooperate as and when required,” he said.
They also urged the citizens to be more vigilant and whenever they go to a party or function, make sure to check the entry and exit, so that if any kind of unpleasant incident happens, they can be easily evacuated from the location.
They directed that no establishment should keep more LPG cylinders than it needs. Along with this, instructions were given to ensure that there is fire fighting equipment in every establishment, failing which, it will attract warranted action against them.
The officials were instructed to conduct survey of business activities. Fire officials said that most of the time information about the fire incident, especially at night, received late which delayed the action on time.
The department has also requested the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to provide four acres of land for the fire station in Sector 92.
A committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Divisional Fire Officer Isham Singh Kashyap comprising Senior Fire Station Officer Satyavan Samariwal, Fire Station Officer Sunil Adalkha and Consultant Birbal Sharma.
During the meeting, review of fire safety vehicles and equipment available at the fire department was also done. At present, the department has a 42-meter length hydraulic platform, while DLF has a 90-meter hydraulic platform available. There is an agreement between the fire department and DLF that they will help each other if required. In addition, 14 water browsers, 4 foam tenders, 1 water tender, 5 small tenders, 3 rescue tenders, 2 water mist units, 1 staff recovery van and 7 water mist motorcycles are available.
The ADFO said that they have a mutual agreement with the Maruti, Honda, DLF, Medanta, Air Force and Haldiram with the fire safety resources and manpower to assist each other if need arises. “It is mandatory to arrange fire safety equipment under the National Building Code to deal with fire in highrise buildings. The fire brigade regularly conducts drills in every three months,” he said.