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Corpn. to have permanent fire fighting unit in Vellalore

Fire fighters spraying water over burnt heaps of garbage to control smoke at the Coimbatore Corporation’s dump yard in Vellalore.

Fire fighters spraying water over burnt heaps of garbage to control smoke at the Coimbatore Corporation’s dump yard in Vellalore.   | Photo Credit: M_Periasamy

Civic body has begun constructing a five lakh-litre sump to store water

From fire detection to fire fighting in its dump yard in Vellalore, the Coimbatore Corporation has proposed a series of measures, a few of which it will implement in the immediate future, Commissioner Sravan Kumar Jatavath told journalists here on Friday.

The Corporation had stationed two fire tenders in Vellalore. The vehicles along with around 30 fire fighters would remain there till the end of summer. This could be a permanent feature and the civic body was exploring such a possibility.

A senior Corporation engineer said that the vehicles were from the Coimbatore South Fire Station and the Fire and Rescue Services department could use the vehicles to fight fire in areas in the dump yard’s neighbourhood as well.

The Corporation had begun constructing a five lakh-litre sump to store water to meet any exigency. The earth work had started and the civic body would complete the work in a month’s time.

Likewise, the Corporation was also in the process of laying a network of water supply lines to take water points as close as possible to the waste.

Mr. Jatavath said the Corporation would also drill pipelines (air vents) inside waste for methane to escape.

Aside from this, the civic body was also in the process of erecting cameras that could detect fire – there would be two cameras and one of those would have a 360 degree coverage. The camera would stop the 360 degree coverage once it detected fire and would stay focussed on the place of fire.

Further, the Corporation would also install 20-plus closed circuit television cameras and erect solar fencing over the compound in Vellalore to prevent miscreants from entering the premises.

Mr. Jatavath also said that the Corporation would also install two high-resolution cameras to capture number plates of vehicles entering the Vellalore yard to tighten the monitoring system.

He added that the Corporation would put into place some of systems in the immediate future and the rest after taking the State Government’s approval.

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