Nagpur: In order to greatly strengthen the emergency and fire services, NMC (Nagpur Municipal Corporation) is all set to increase the number of fire hydrants across the city.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation records show that there were once about 1,000 hydrants in the city. All years were established in the early 1960s. Sources in the fire department have said that only 19 are left. Of these, nine are in working condition. Saint Joseph School near Kasturchand Park, railway station corner, near Vidhan Bhavan, NMC’s Sadar Hospital, outside Ravi Bhavan premises, Kachipura Chowk (Ramdaspeth), Tilak Nagar, Indira Gandhi Rugnalaya: In West Nagpur, Most of the fire hydrants still exist.
Municipal officials also say that most of the hydrants are either buried under the footpath or have been encroached upon. A senior fire official has admitted if fire hydrants are bad in a growing city like Nagpur, Then Orange City is definitely a fire hazard. He has also told that many years ago the department had sent a similar proposal but nothing happened.
New hydrants installed
As of now, Nagpur Municipal Corporation Department of Public Health and Engineering proposes to install about 97 fire hydrants across the city. The department has sought financial provision of about Rs 99.98 lakh from the Standing Committee which met on the date of 4 January.
Fire brigade sources have said that firefighters have experienced that inactive hydrants prevent them from effectively dealing with fire incidents. Whenever fire engines run out of water during firefighting operations, these hydrants can quickly refill the supply.
The new hydrants will be installed mostly across the city and in congested areas of the markets.
Sources have also told that although the engineering department and public health have sought around Rs 99.98 lakh for the work, But it has calculated expenditure of more than Rs 1.06 crore.
The sources further added that as per estimates, around Rs 20,683 has been requested for each old hydrant to be revived, Whereas for the new one, around Rs, 1 lakh will be required each.