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Posted at: Apr 15, 2018, 12:02 AM; last updated: Apr 15, 2018, 12:02 AM (IST)

Industrial units still to take fire safety measures

Sumeer Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 14

Industrial units at three different focal points in the district are vulnerable to maximum damage in case a fire breaks out as there are no adequate fire safety measures in place. Most of industrial units are situated on the outskirts of the city and whenever a fire breaks out in any unit, the Fire Brigade team usually takes 30 to 50 minutes to reach the spot, which can cause a loss of property and human lives.

The Fire Brigade office is situated near Dhobi Bazaar that is more than eight kilometres from the industrial growth centre on Mansa Road.

Over the years, owners of industrial units have been pressing for introducing a fire sub-station in the industrial area so that a fire can be controlled on time and the resultant damage to property is minimal.

Talking to The Tribune, Bathinda Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) president Raman Watts said, “After taking up the matter with former CM Prakash Singh Badal, the plan was mooted to allocate around 6,000 square feet in the industrial area near the ITI in 2015. The MC has since cited the shortage of funds as a reason behind its inability to start work on constructing a fire sub-station at ITI.”

Watts said they had written to the authorities on several occasions to start work on the fire sub-station, but nothing concrete had been done till now.

A major fire broke out in a cardboard factory at the industrial growth centre on Mansa Road last year, engulfing the entire factory. Fire tenders were pressed into service but by the time the fire could be doused, the machinery and the building had been damaged, causing losses running into crores of rupees.

Another major fire broke out in a soap factory in the industrial area in 2016 and by the time the fire could be controlled, the factory had been reduced to ashes. The factor that led to maximum damage was delay in action.

Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal said, “Earlier, there were plans to introduce fire sub-stations at different locations in the city. As they are faced with fund crunch, they cannot materialise those plans. It is for the state government to allocate funds so that sub fire-stations could be set up.”

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