Cidco al­lots only ` 25cr for fire dept

Rs20 crore will be spent to buy two skylifts this year; fire­men face hous­ing prob­lems

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

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.”

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