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Thapar Institute designs two new fire stations for Mohali
The municipal corporation has received structure designs two new fire stations in Mohali from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology
The new fire stations are to come up in Sector 78 and Phase 11. Recently, MC, Zirakpur also cleared setting up of a new fire station in Bhabat village. At present, Mohali, Kharar, Kurali and Mullanpur are being catered to by a single fire station in Phase 1, Mohali. Zirakpur and Lalru get fire service from Derabassi fire station.
Hans said, "The project gets rolling now that we have received structural designs from Thapar institute. We will get a DPR and estimates prepared for construction of two fire stations in Mohali. Two acres of land has been earmarked for fire station for Sector 78 and 1.1 acres for phase 11. Once the DPR is received, tenders for construction of fire stations will be issued."
The demand for fire stations in Mohali was raised as the Phase 1 fire station was burdened. Often the reaction time was delayed due to long distance. As Mohali expanded to the west, the need for a separate fire station for the sectors located farther away was felt, said Hans.
According to a study conducted by experts from PU, the average travel time to a fire tender from phase I fire station to Sector 78 is 20 to 25 minutes. To Kharar, it is 25 to 35 minutes and if there is traffic congestion, the time increases. Similarly, fire tender takes an average of 35 to 40 minutes to reach Mullanpur.
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"This wastes the golden hour. If we have sub-stations in Kharar, Mullapur and in Sector 78, the reaction time will reduce to half and tragedies can be averted," said a fire officer. The fire station in Mohali phase I has 13 firefighting vehicles, three water tenders of 5,000 litre each, four multipurpose tenders, one water bouser of 20,000 litres, one Branto sky lift of 56 metre height, one rescue tender equipped with cutters, a firefighting jeep and two motorcycles to deal with fire emergency in the area.
A senior official of the fire department said more staff would be required at the new fire stations as the existing fire station is facing a staff crunch. The station has just 24 officials against the sanctioned posts of 80 firemen. Similarly, only seven drivers perform the duty against sanctioned posts of 24 drivers. The station has just one leading fireman against the sanctioned posts of 24.
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