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Fire deptt unequipped for disaster
Published on 17 Oct. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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Nagaland parliamentary secretary for prison home guards, fire and emergency services, W. Kithan revealed that the state fire department did not possess necessary machineries and equipments for rescue operations in cases of major disasters.
Expressing serious concern over mushrooming of multi-storied buildings in and around Dimapur town, Kithan said there were no equipments in place to save or rescue trapped fire victims staying on 3rd floor and above.
The parliamentary secretary told NEPS that there were two fire stations in Dimapur town but the machineries and equipments could not save and rescue anything including humans staying on 3rd floor and above.
“We don’t have such machineries in our possession,” he admitted. He said proposals for acquiring such machineries were sent but expressed helplessness without central assistance.
Kithan also revealed that the department had already proposed setting up another fire station in Kohima as the one located in the heart of the town was almost impossible to meet if any fire emergency calls during day time due to unprecedented traffic jams. He said there was a project to set up “Firefight organizations” in the villages with the objective of meeting any fire emergency in the villages. Kithan said water reservoirs would be constructed in the villages which would be open to for use during fire emergencies.
He emphasized the need to shift the present Kohima District jail to some other place as it was surrounded by residents, VIP quarters and business establishments. “It is threatening to the peaceful environment that if there was any jail break, these hardened criminals would create havoc to make their escapes. So we are planning to shift the jail to some other place,” Kithan added.
He said there were around 400 jail inmates including some 20 convicts. Kithan said there was a need to take a lot of “reformatory programs” for the inmates. Stating that there were many petty criminals who were not tried for months, Kithan suggested that the customary laws should be utilized to dispose off such cases. “Petty criminal cases in villages could be disposed off in the villages through Dobashi Courts,” Kithan added.

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