Wait for Ulwe fire sta­tion gets longer

` 5.13-CR PROJECT Of­fi­cials say the build­ing is ready but it will take six months for them to get ve­hi­cles, fire en­gines

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Res­i­dents of Ulwe, Dron­a­giri and its pe­riph­eral ar­eas will have to keep their fin­gers crossed that they don’t meet with any fire ac­ci­dent for at least an­other six to eight months.

City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (Cidco) had ear­lier an­nounced that they would in­au­gu­rate the fire sta­tion in Ulwe by March- end. How­ever, of­fi­cials from their fire depart­ment told Hin­dus­tan Times on Thurs­day that they would take more than six months for the in­au­gu­ra­tion, as they ve­hi­cles and fire en­gines or­dered for the fire sta­tion are still not ready.

Built at a cost of Rs5.13 crore, the Ulwe fire sta­tion was com­pleted around three months ago. Its premises has houses for 32 em­ploy­ees. Now, if a fire breaks out at Ulwe, fire en­gines from Kharghar and Uran fire sta­tions have to rush to the spot. Ulwe is 10 kms and 18 kms away from Kharghar and Uran re­spec­tively. So even if there is a ma­jor fire ac­ci­dent, ve­hi­cles from the sta­tions will reach the spot not be­fore 30 to 45 min­utes.

Vi­jay Rane, deputy fire chief of Cidco, said, “We or­dered ve­hi­cles and fire en­gine for the Ulwe sta­tion a cou­ple of weeks ago. It takes three to four months to make one fire en­gine. We will be able to in­au­gu­rate it only af­ter six months.”

The pop­u­la­tion of Ulwe, Dron­a­giri and the ad­ja­cent ar­eas for which this sta­tion has been de­vel­oped is more than one lakh.

“Be­cause of the up­com­ing air­port near Pan­vel, most of the build­ings at Ulwe are low-rises. We have asked NMMC to send fire en­gine from their Belapur sta­tion as Belapur is near Ulwe and can be reached within 20 to 25 min­utes,” an of­fi­cial said.

The town plan­ning agency has or­dered two Bronto skylifts for fire­fight­ing at high- rises but they are not likely to come be­fore nine months. “We are pur­chas­ing a skylift from Ger­many and an­other from Italy. While the first one will cost Rs12 crore, the other Rs8 crore. It takes al­most seven months to make such skylift,” a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

The only skylift Cidco has is 32 me­tres high and it can reach only up to eight floors of a build­ing. Cidco has four fire sta­tions at Kharghar, New Pan­vel, Kalam­boli and Uran. Each sta­tion has only one fire en­gine. Only Kharghar has a 32 me­tre skylift.

The of­fi­cial said, “A to­tal of Rs25 crore has been al­lot­ted for pur­chas­ing equip­ment this year. The amount in the pre­vi­ous years was Rs20 crore. We have de­cided to pur­chase six fire en­gines and ev­ery sta­tion will get two en­gines.”

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