The managing committee of United India Apartments, a cooperative group housing society in Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Extension, has set up as many as 46 fire extinguishers in the society.
Of the 46 fire extinguishers, which have a 6 kg-capacity, 40 have been set up in all the 40 staircases in the society. The remaining six have been installed in the diesel generator room, security office, managing committee office and common meeting hall.
Purusottam Bhatt, president of the managing committee, told City Spidey that it was the first of its kind of initiative in the society. “No major fire incident has been reported in the last couple of years. But when temperatures soar during May and June, minor electric faults or sparks are a common occurrence,” he said.
"It was one of the major demands that residents had put forth during the general body meeting. Residents have also assured of financial assistance, if required. The committee had already increased maintenance charges to Rs 1,000 from Rs 800 for the flat owners, but not the tenants. The flat owners have accepted it amicably. Hence, putting extra financial burden on them would not have been good management,” Bhatt added.
Before installing the firefighting systems, a mock drill was also organised to raise awareness among residents about their use in an emergency.
Meanwhile, residents are appreciating the managing committee’s decision. Ummed Singh, a resident and a former managing committee member, told City Spidey, “I thank the managing committee for such initiatives and other developments in the society.”
Purusottam Bhatt, president of the managing committee of the society, shows one of the many fire extinguishers installed