In light of the fire that ravaged the Mantralaya over two weeks ago, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has started installing fire extinguishers on each floor of its building as a precautionary measure.
Speaking to MiD DAY, MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawathkar said, “MMRDA already has a fool-proof fire alarm system and our building is prepared to tackle the fire.”
It should also be noted that, it was only after the fire incident at Mantralaya that MMRDA installed fire extinguishers in its main administration building. When questioned why the planning authority had now started installing fire extinguishers, Kawathkar said, “We already have 36 fire extinguishers in our building, and few days ago, an additional 15 were installed.”
When this correspondent visited the first floor of the main administration building at MMRDA two weeks ago, there were no fire extinguishers, but after the Mantralaya fire, new fire extinguishers had been installed on all floors of the building.
Also learning from the damage caused to records by the fire, the MMRDA decided that it will scan all important files and prepare digital data of the same. “A server which will be at another location will keep data of all our files, so that in case of a fire, our files are safe,” added Kawathkar.
New water tank
In addition to fire extinguishers, a 5,000-litre capacity additional water tank will also be installed at the MMRDA premises in Bandra-Kurla Complex.
MMRDA officials also claim that from time to time, mock drills are done. “Once every three months, we conduct mock drills in the presence of experts. Our staff members have also been taught how to use fire extinguishers in case of a fire,” said another MMRDA official.
MMRDA has already spent Rs 1 lakh on the installation of fire extinguishers, sprinklers and other fire safety mechanisms on its premises.