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BEST to upgrade fire safety mechanisms

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking has decided to ensure that all its fire-safety mechanisms are up-to-date and functioning.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
June 27, 2012 1:35:04 am

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport undertaking has decided to ensure that all its fire-safety mechanisms are up-to-date and functioning. The decision was taken at a committee meeting on Tuesday.

As part of the decision,the undertaking will carry out inspections to see that all electricity distribution pillars (EDPs) and electricity meter boxes in buildings receiving BEST electric supply are located above the flood water-level. General manager O P Gupta said the undertaking would notify the residents if inspections revealed that the meter boards are below the stipulated level. “In some buildings,people may have changed the location of their boards to even the basement. If they do not comply with the notification,we will cut supply as we do not want to take any risks,” he said.

Inspections on EDPs are likely to begin on Wednesday. “To my knowledge,none of our EDPs are below flood water-level. All of them are either above the stipulated height or have been lifted accordingly,” Gupta said.

BEST and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had recently commisioned these EDPs as advertising space but Gupta said this was unlikely to affect the safety of pillars that stand at least 50m from each other.

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The undertaking will also inspect their fire safety systems and upgrade to automatic fire-fighting systems at all power transformer stations. “The annual maintenance contract of five transformers is up for renewal now,at present we do not have any fire-fighting systems in place at the sub-stations,” Gupta said,adding that there is also a plan to replace transformers running on oil with dry transformers.

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First published on: 27-06-2012 at 01:35:04 am

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