Work on fire-fighting system at PMC building picks up pace

Published: Nov 26, 2012, 07:49 IST | Vivek Sabnis |

Laying of supply pipes for underground water tank at civic body's building complex underway; entire work of fire-fighting system expected to be completed in three months

Expedited after the fire at Mantralaya, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s main office building in Shivajinagar is on track to complete its comprehensive and foolproof fire-fighting system.

After installing 45 fire extinguishers at the main office building, a huge underground water tank that will hold 1.2 lakh litres is in progress.

The PMC main building

The actual works began in September, with PMC officials setting a time frame of six months to complete the work. At present placing a network of water supply pipes is taking shape.

“If all goes well, we expect to complete the fire-fighting system in the next three months,” said Harish Deshmukh, managing director of the private company entrusted with the job.

“Laying down pipe lines and construction of an underground water tank is being carried out only on holidays and Sundays when no civic employees are present. Fabrication work and installation of pipes at the building is pending, while a 2,000-metre long water supply pipeline will be erected on the terrace of the main building soon. 1,400 sprinklers, 1,100 fire detectors and 15 fire hydrants would also be installed in and around the PMC main building as per provisions in the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006,” said Deshmukh.

To fight fire: Pipes are being laid in trenches to facilitate water supply to an underground tank at the civic body’s main office building in Shivajinagar

PMC had given the green signal to the Rs 2.17 crore project of installing water based fire-fighting system after the inferno at the Mantralaya in July this year.

Earlier, National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) assistant commandant Sanjay Tyagi, had also observed that civic body’s headquarters had an outdated fire-fighting system.

Sandeep Khandve, executive engineer, Building Department, PMC, said, “The 57-year old main building requires a feasible fire-fighting system. We are also constructing five tanks with a capacity of 10,000 litres each, in case the ground water supply system fails. We want to complete the work as early as possible.

To begin with, 45 fire extinguishers have already been installed at each wing and floors at the building complex.”

Madan Adari, superintendent engineer, Water Supply, PMC, said, “Instructions have been given to us asking our department to supply additional water for the main building. I will ensure that the present fire-fighting system will not face any hiccups.” 

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