The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday filed an affidavit before the Bombay High Court stating that a fire engine stationed inside Priyadarshani Park in Malabar Hill could not be relocated as it was a necessary fire safety measure in the area and “does not create any obstacle to the general public”.
The affidavit stated that most of the local buildings were old structures and might not be equipped with fire safety measures, thereby making it necessary to station the fire brigade inside the park. “Since the vehicle has been stationed at the site, about 29 calls in the vicinity have been successfully attended to and, therefore, it is the most suitable and convenient place for the fire brigade station, keeping in mind the public safety and security. The same cannot be relocated to any other place. According to remarks of the Development Plan department, there is no other reservation of fire brigade within the periphery of 4 kms of Priyadarshani Park,” the affidavit stated.
The court had earlier directed the BMC to file an affidavit stating that it had no other option but to park the fire engine inside Priyadarshani Park. The court order came on a plea filed by the Malabar Hill Citizens’ Forum challenging BMC’s decision to set up a fire station inside the park and keep one of its fire engines stationed there. ENS