Cidco allots only ` 25cr for fire dept
Rs20 crore will be spent to buy two skylifts this year; firemen face housing problems
NAVI MUMBAI: The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) which plans to spend Rs34,777 crore for different projects of smart city, spent only Rs20 crore for purchasing fire-fighting equipment in 2015.
This one of reasons, why they don’t have skylift for fire fighting in the high-rises.
The recent fire accident at Kharghar revealed the town planning agency’s lethargic attitude towards the fire department.
For 2016, they are planning to allot Rs25 crore. However, the fire department sources reveal that Rs20 crore will be spent to purchase two skylifts. So, only Rs5 crore will be left for other expenses.
The firemen are also working amidst numeorus problems.
The A wing of the staffers’ quarter at Kalamboli has been lying vacant for a year now, as it has no electricity connections. Around five employees share a room in the B wing.
Similarly, three vehicles are lying defunct at Kalamboli for the past several months, but have not been repaired for reasons unknown.
The scenario is not different in Uran.
“We have a staff of 24 employees in this fire station. However, we have accommodation only for 15 employees here,” said an official from Uran fire station on condition of anonymity.
Even as Cidco plans to pur- chase two skylifts for high-rises, those are not likely to come before nine months.
Praveen Bodke, administrator of Cidco fire department, said: “We are planning to buy one skylift from Germany and another from Italy. While the first one will cost Rs12 crore, the second one will be for Rs8 crore. It takes almost seven months to make such a skylift. So including the time for clearing the formalities, we can say that the skylifts will come only after nine months.”
So far, builders have built high- rises up to 24th floor in Cidco’s jurisdiction. The residents of these buildings have no option but to keep their fingers crossed for the next nine months.
Bodke said, “We will have accommodations for 32 employees in the upcoming fire station at Ulwe. So we will shift some of our employees from Uran to Ulwe after it is inaugurated. We already have cleared all formalities for providing electricity to the A wing Kalamboli staffers’ quarter.”