November 21, 2018
Fire-fighting infrastructure has seen massive improvement in last 7 years
Bangla has witnessed massive infrastructure development in the past seven years, to ensure a better fire-fighting mechanism in the state.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Since pre-Independence to 2011, as many as 100 fire stations had come up in the state. While in the past seven years, 41 fire stations have come up in Bengal and 20 are under construction. Moreover, the process of setting up another 41 is also going on.” She said that it is a remarkable development of infrastructure facilities.
The CM on Tuesday flagged off 30 fire tenders of 5,000 litre capacity and 20 fire tenders of 8,000 litre capacity. The programme for the same was held outside Nabanna. She said as many as 674 fire fighting vehicles have been introduced in the past seven years and there are 136 motorcycle-mounted fire-fighting arrangements.
“I feel there is a need to increase such arrangements to fight fire properly in congested areas,” the Chief Minister said, adding that some Panchayat areas are also getting congested and such mechanism is also needed in such places. These are also helpful in urban and semi-urban areas.
She further said that three hydraulic ladders were also introduced in the past seven years, to fight fires in high-rise buildings. Mamata Banerjee also directed the police to ensure coverage of maximum areas using CCTV cameras.
She said: “It is not always possible to be present physically to maintain a vigil. So, installation of CCTV cameras will help to carry out better surveillance.” In the past seven years, fire stations have been constructed in different rural parts and infrastructure of the fire stations, which have been existing for the past several years, has also been improved.