Fire stations to be modernised with specialised equipment: Sheila

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New Delhi, July 10 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said all fire stations in the Capital would be modernised with specialised equipments.

Speaking after inaugurating a newly constructed fire station at the DSIIDC Complex in Bawana, the Chief Minister said it had been decided to increase the number of fire stations upto 70 during the eleventh Five Year Plan period.

''Plots for 26 fire stations have been identified whereas 15 are under construction. Other fire stations at Rohini Sector-15, Sector-5, Tahirpur, Sarita Vihar, Mangolpuri and Jwala Heri are almost complete,'' she said at the function, where local MLA Surendra Kumar, Principal Secretary (Home) G S Patnaik and Chief Fire Officer R C Sharma were also present.

Ms Dikshit said it is becoming necessary to set up new fire stations as large-scale multi-storeyed buildings and colonies are coming up, resulting in more residents in the colony.

The new fire station, covering an area of 2.47 acres, has been constructed with an amount of approximately Rs 4.07 crore. The complex has also been provided with three-bays for fire appliances office accommodation and 18 staff quarters.

On this occasion, Ms Dikshit commended the role of fire personnel, who have been curbing fire tragedies and providing safety to the people.

The government has set up a disaster management centre at Laxmi Nagar, Rohini and Nehru Place fire stations.

Ten water Bousers, 15 water tenders, 3 hose tenders, 1 BA Set cum Control Van and 200 B.A. Set have been added to the fleet of Delhi Fire Service. 600 fire protective suits have been procured for the staff. Local MLA Surendra Kumar expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for providing a well-equipped fire station in his constituency.

He demanded to establish a new Police Station at DSIIDC Bawana so that increasing incidents of snatching and robbery could be reduced.

The Chief Minister assured that the Delhi Government would send a request to Delhi Police Commissioner for further action.

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