Following Mah fire, Goa to check fire protection system

PTI, PANAJI | 22 June 2012 23:24 IST

Fire Brigade Director Ashok Menon

In wake of the massive fire in Maharashtra state secretariat yesterday, Goa government today issued an advisory to fire and emergency service departments to check fire protection systems at all government departments including secretariat and state Assembly complex.

Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava issued advisory today morning to fire and emergency departments to conduct drills and also to ensure that fire protection systems are in place in the government buildings.

"We are acting immediately. The checking of all the buildings will start from morning itself," fire and emergency services director Ashok Menon said.

He said the chief secretary spoke to him in the morning before issuing the advisory.

The main concentration would be on buildings like the secretariat, ministerial block and state Legislative Assembly complex, which are power centres and visited by thousands of people daily.

In addition, buildings like Junta house located in the city and Shramashakti Bhavan located at the outskirts, which houses the offices of government departments will also be checked.

Menon said the Public Works department (PWD), which maintains the buildings, had asked to amend certain fire safety arrangements at state Legislative Assembly complex.

"We are yet to receive back any communication from them. But we will be inspecting the Assembly complex building today as the session would be in progess from July 12 onwards," the director said.

The fire and emergency departments will also conduct mock drills at the secretariat and other buildings during peak hours to educate people on evacuation, in case of any calamity.

The fire in the Mantralaya building in Mumbai left 3 dead and 16 others injured. 

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Check Junta House, Directorate of Accounts, Margao n Mapusa Collectorate Bldgs for any kind of Fire Safety Measures. There is not even a fir extinguisher there!

- VERNON FERNANDES, Goa | 23 rd June 2012 18:38

 

They needed a fire in Mumbai to wake up from the deep slumber they were in. Is there not a mechanism in place to periodically check the firefighting equipment and preparedness of buildings to fight fires in Goa.

Sometime ago, I went to Don Bosco hall in Panaji for a 'Grihaseva' exhibition. Every inch in that hall was filled with people and things, without any emergency exit or other firefighting equipment in place, just in case of a fire.

- Jagan Kamat, Canada | 23 rd June 2012 01:55

 

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