Commemorating Fire Safety week, Home Minister Satyendra Jain said the government is making provisions in unauthorised colonies to clear encroachments from at least one or two roads to provide easy access to fire tenders.
The minister said this would be done even if it means removing transformers or other encroachments. “If there is a 20-30 feet road and there is a pole blocking the way, it has to be removed. We need space to get a quick response team into the colony when required,” Jain said.
Jain made the announcement during a talk on fire safety in the capital. He also met fire chief A K Sharma.
Jain further said NOC (no objection certificate) norms should be strictly followed. “I went to a factory where the whole staircase was stacked with goods. At the time of issuing NOC, the owner must have removed those goods from the stairs… This has to change,” Jain said.
Delhi Fire Service (DFS) is organising “Fire Service Week” in the capital from April 14-20, during which citizens will be informed about the importance of adopting fire safety norms.
Jain also said DFS has 58 fire stations including Supreme Court and Parliament House fire posts.
Resources are also being deployed to manage devastating fires/emergencies out of NCT on the demand of National Disaster Management Authority.
The Delhi government has also allotted 14 acres in Budhanpur Majra village (Northwest district) for setting up a fire training institute.
President of East Azad Nagar RWA Rash Pal, when asked if roads in his colony were wide enough for fire tenders to pass through, said, “Our colony has houses that are 40-50 years old. Roads are not wide and no encroachment can be removed as there are houses on both sides of the road. So, there is no hope for a fire tender entering the colony.”