Corporators oppose purchase of expensive firefighting helmets

Published: 22 November, 2013 01:32 IST | A Correspondent |

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporators strongly protested against PMC's proposal to purchase 350 imported firefighting helmets for firemen, saying expenditure of Rs 29,400 per helmet is too much.

However, the administration clarified that the work order has not been placed yet, and a final decision will be taken after cross-checking the quotation with other foreign firms.

MNS councillors entered wearing helmets, and protested in the general body (GB) meeting held yesterday.  “When PMC is cutting corporators’ development funds by 30 per cent, how can it spend Rs 90 lakh on these imported helmets? Are they really going to help firemen?” asked MNS corporator Rupali Patil.

“Administration should immediately stop purchase order of these helmets. There are many unanswered questions, like when total staff of fire department is 550, why order of only 350 helmets have been placed?” Vasant More, also from MNS, said.

Replying to all these allegations, additional municipal commissioner Rajendra Jagtap made it clear that the work order of helmets is yet to be placed.
“These helmets have the capability to sustain heat up to 1,000 degree Celsius. It will protect firemen while working in hazardous situations,” Jagtap said.  

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