Cidco starts fire drills at hous­ing so­ci­eties

Af­ter Kharghar high-rise fire in­ci­dent, res­i­dents do not want to take any chances and ap­proach fire dept to or­gan­ise fire-safety lessons

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In an ef­fort to avoid in­ci­dents like Kharghar f ire ac­ci­dent, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion ( Cidco) has started con­duct­ing fire drill in the hous­ing so­ci­eties of their ju­ris­dic­tion.

So far, they have con­ducted drills in three high- rises at Kharghar and are plan­ning to con­duct the fourth one on Fe­bru­ary 27.

As many as five flats were gut­ted af­ter a mas­sive f ire broke out on t he f i f t eenth floor of Giri­raj Apart­ments at Kharghar on Jan­uary 27. The in­ci­dent also re­vealed the town plan­ning agency’s lethar­gic at­ti­tude to­wards its fire depart­ment. They don’t have a skylift to fight fires in high- rises.

Praveen Bodke, ad­min­is­tra­tor of Cidco fire depart­ment said, “Af­ter the in­ci­dent, sev­eral peo­ple came to us with re­quests to con­duct such drill in their so­ci­eties and we started do­ing it. The next pro­gramme is sched­uled on Fe­bru­ary 27 at high rise at Kharghar.”

“It is how­ever not pos­si­ble to go ev­ery hous­ing so­ci­ety to hold such pro­grammes. There­fore we have de­cided to take one hall in an area and in­vite peo­ple from three to four nearby hous­ing so­ci­eties there. We will in­struct them what to do when a fire breaks out in build­ing and how to stay safe,” he said.

“We will also give them demon­stra­tions so that they don’t panic dur­ing emer­gency. Two such pro­grammes will be held ev­ery month. We have suf­fi­cient trained man­power for this job,” he added.

As of now, Cidco has four fire sta­tions at Kharghar, New Pan­vel, Kalam­boli and Uran with a to­tal of 132 fire­men and of­fi­cers. They have con­structed one more fire sta­tion at Ulwe and it is likely to be in­au­gu­rated by March end. This sta­tion will also cover nearby Don­a­giri and the pe­riph­eral ar­eas.

Even as high-rises have come up to 24th floor have come up in the ar­eas of Cidco’s ju­ris­dic­tion, its skylift can reach up to eighth floor.

It is plan­ning to pur­chase 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 skylift and those are not likely to come be­fore nine months. Fire­men douse fire at Bank of Maharashtra at Vashi on Thurs­day.

A fire broke out in the Vashi branch of Bank of Maharashtra on Thurs­day morn­ing. While there were no ca­su­al­ties as it was non­bank­ing hour, prop­erty loss has been re­ported.

The fire broke out around 8am on the bank premises lo­cated at Sec­tor 2 in Vashi.

Vashi fire of­fi­cer Vi­jay Rane said, “We rushed to the spot on get­ting the fire call. Since there is a lot of wooden fur­ni­ture on the bank premises, the fire spread fast.”

He added, “While the right side of t he bank was com­pletely gut­ted, we man­aged to stop the f i re f rom spread­ing to the other side. Five fire t e n d e r s we r e pressed into ser­vice. They took around an hour to douse the fire and the cool­ing op­er­a­tions con­tin­ued till af­ter­noon.”

Rane said, “Prima fa­cie, it seems the fire was caused by a short cir­cuit. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing into it.”

While the bank branch was shut for the day, other govern­ment of­fices, in­cludi ng t he ra­tioning shop l ocated in the build­ing was af­fected due to the smoke.

In the morn­ing, traf­fic had to been stopped on the one way road, as smoke en­gulfed the area.


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