Fire-safety norms ig­nored in eight Maha cities: CAG re­port

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit

MUM­BAI: In a stark re­minder of how un­safe are our cities, a new Comptroller and Au­di­tor Gen­eral of In­dia (CAG) re­port has re­vealed how fire safety norms are ig­nored in eight cities, in­clud­ing Mum­bai, in Ma­ha­rash­tra. Other cities men­tioned in the re­port are Thane, Navi Mum­bai, Nashik, Pune, Au­rangabad, Am­ra­vati and Nag­pur. The re­port states that be­tween 2010 and 2015, 78% of the amount re­served for up­grad­ing fire-fight­ing sys­tems was un­spent, re­sult­ing in a se­vere short­age of equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture.

In case of fire ten­ders, which play a cru­cial role dur­ing fire­fight­ing op­er­a­tions, the CAG noted that there was a 78% short- age in the eight cities, se­verely af­fec­tion the abil­ity to tackle fires. The num­ber of fire sta­tions in the cities was also way be­low what is re­quired.

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The CAG re­port rapped the state gov­ern­ment for re­fus­ing to learn from its mis­takes, which led to the Mantralaya fire in 2012.

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