Maha cities, towns ill-equipped to fight fire
MUMBAI: The state is playing with fire as far as its capability to fight major infernos is concerned, says a government report.
A report prepared by the Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services — the state government’s official adviser on fire safety issues — states how more than one- third of the urban and semi-urban areas in the state do not have dedicated fire-fighting services.
Despite Maharashtra’s reputation of being the most urbanised of all states in the country, 106 cities and towns of the 350 in the state do not have a fire services wing, according to the report tabled in the recently concluded budget session of the state legislature.
The bad news does not end there. The towns and cities that do have fire services wings are severely deficient in manpower, personnel and equipment.
In addition to these glaring inadequacies, a recent reply by the Ministry of Home Affairs in Parliament shows the situation is equally grim in rural areas.
According to the MHA’s reply, Maharashtra comes in second in the list of states and Union territories with a shortage of fire-fighting equipment.
It requires 20,048 pieces of suitable equipment to fill the gap. CONTINUED ON P9