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Constraints galore but willing to comply

G.V.Prasada Sarma
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With government hardly having any mantapams, the private sector has been catering to the growing needs for performing weddings or celebrating other functions,writes G.V.Prasada Sarma

A hydraulic platform, trying to reach a multi-storeyed apartment complex on the beach road in Visakhapatnam.— Photo: K. R. Deepak
A hydraulic platform, trying to reach a multi-storeyed apartment complex on the beach road in Visakhapatnam.— Photo: K. R. Deepak

Several of those representing hospitals, schools or kalyanamantapams who attended the meeting organised by GVMC on installing fire safety equipment and providing parking brought to the notice of Minister for Investment and Infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana the constraints they had. B.L. Narayana, representing a nursing home, said for 5,000 sft of built up area in two floors, the cost of installing fire safety devices is a whopping Rs.10 lakh.

It would be helpful if reasonable rates are fixed as running hospital by serving people at a reasonable fee and paying employees decent salaries was a difficult task. Another man representing a 10-bed hospital wanted to know about parking. He was told that parking should be provided in proportion to the built up area.

Several organisations like Gowri Kalyanamantapams in various parts of the city including Akkayyapalem, Railway New Colony, Vasavi Seva Samithi, Sindhi Panchayat represented that when the buildings were constructed no provision was made for parking and they were willing to have some now if some means were suggested.

Fire safety

On fire safety also, they said they would install the equipment if suitable suggestions were made.

The Regional Fire Officer would hold a meeting to guide them.

Those running kalyanamantapams on BRTS road at Simhachalam were assured that they would be given exemption till the road widening was completed.

They contended that there was no point in complying with the measures as some of them might have to close shop being left with little space.

With government hardly having any mantapams, the private sector has been catering to the growing needs for performing weddings or celebrating other functions.

It would be good if centralised and zone-wise consultation cells were set up to help them, it was suggested.

A consultant for the Southern Command of the Navy, Prabhakar Rao, offered his services to those ready to go in for fire safety devices at minimum rates fixed by the Commissioner.

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