State admits to poor fire safety machinery

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Only 252 fire stations and 19 fire outposts, against requirement of one fire station for every 50,000 population

The government admitted that the fire safety machinery in the State was abysmally poor. There are only 252 fire stations and 19 fire outposts, against the requirement of one fire station per every 50,000 population or 10 square km area in urban areas and 50 square km in rural areas, according to fire services norms.

Replying to a question tabled by Akbaruddin Owaisi (MIM) and Anam Vivekananda Reddy (Congress) in the Assembly on Thursday, Minister for Home and Fire Services P. Sabitha Indra Reddy admitted that the number of fire stations, vehicles and staff were not in accordance with the norms of fire services. She stated that there was one fire station for 3.45 lakh population each or 41 square km in the twin cities and admitted that 33 fire stations/outposts were not working due to various reasons.

New fire stations

Sixteen new fire stations would be set up in the twin cities in three years under JNNURM scheme and work on six was already in progress. There was a demand for setting up 59 new fire stations and 47, including 10 in Hyderabad, were sanctioned, the Minister noted. The recruitment process for filling various posts in the department was being taken up.

Mr. Owaisi requested the government to reduce the fire ‘no objection certification' (NoC) fee of Rs. 10 per square foot stating that it was very high. The Minister, however, said it was low compared to other States.

On cheating of unemployed youth by bogus IT companies, the Home Minister stated that 41 cases were booked in Hyderabad and Cyberabad limits since 2009. A committee was being formed with all stakeholders to prepare an action plan to prevent such frauds, she noted.

Parking facilities

To a question on parking facility in shopping malls by K. Kannababu (Congress), Minister for Municipal Administration M. Maheedhar Reddy said there were provisions for earmarking parking areas in different categories of buildings but there were no norms on collection of parking fee or against it. However, the government would examine controlling exorbitant fee collection, he said.

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