Key areas in Chandigarh lack fire safety measures

There is a lack of fire safety in the peripheral areas of the city. At some places, it is difficult even for fire tenders to enter the area. Encroachments, along with a lack of proper by-laws, have added to the woes. Construction of buildings is still going on unhindered due to a lack of proper laws.

A visit to any of the colonies and villages in the peripheral areas shows that scant regard is paid to fire safety measures, especially for those in the sectoral grid, who are the worst affected. Over the past few weeks, there have been fire incidents where the firemen have faced a hard time getting the fire tenders to the site of the incident.

Among such places is Burail where traffic jams are common. Due to the encroachments along the roads, it becomes difficult for vehicles to pass. The internal roads are narrow with construction on both sides, leaving little scope for widening as well.

A similar situation is present in parts of Manimajra where the narrow roads restrict traffic movement. Drivers of four wheelers often find themselves without much way to pass through. At times vehicles parked on either sides cause traffic congestion.

Chief Fire Office-cum-Secretary, Municipal Corporation, Rajiv Gupta says that the fire department has smaller vehicles for internal roads. However, in case of a big fire, there is a need for tenders with more water capacity to be sent to the spot. The construction in the villages and colonies makes this difficult.

There is a lack of by-laws for construction. The UT Administration is in the process of framing bylaws for villages under the Administration and the Municipal Corporation. While these have been under process for almost two years the bylaws have not been finalized. In the absence of the bylaws construction goes on unabated.

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