The seven-member panel, probing the Kalbadevi fire incident, will recommend the setting up of 10 mini fire stations in the city – a long-pending proposal of the fire brigade.
The panel is expected to submit its report by Tuesday morning to Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta. The panel was set up a day after the blaze which led to the deaths of four senior fire officials.
Citing a chronic shortage of fire stations, the brigade had mooted 10 mini fire stations equipped with small fire engines designed to carry 300 litre of water as against 4,500 litre in regular fire engines, in early 2014. The idea behind the mini fire stations, four in the island city and three each in the suburbs, was to bring down the response time in case of an emergency.
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A senior civic official associated with the panel said, “Once part of the recommendation report, there will be strict implementation of this proposal and it will benefit the city.” This measure was also suggested by former municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte in his 2015-16 budget speech.
The committee is also expected to suggest measures to upgrade or strengthen the fire services in the city. It is also looking at filling vacancies in the 1,686-strong force. Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, who is heading the panel, said, “We are in the final stages of completing the report. We will submit it to the municipal commissioner soon.”
Senior officials said the lack of discipline in the brigade also hampered its activities. An official from the department said, “The parades and mock drills are not held regularly. Around six months ago, strict orders were issued to carry out drills at regular intervals.”