The State Urban Development Department has issued a notification keeping the reservation of a fire station in Anik village of Chembur district despite the objection of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).
The notification was issued on October 20 under Section 37 (IAA) C of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act by Nirmal Choudhary, Under Secretary of the Department.
talking to Indian ExpressChoudhary said, “HPCL said that they already have a fire station and also send their tenders as and when required, but BMC insisted that to douse the lot of fires that happen in the refinery area. They require a fire station. The state had shown a willingness to remove the reservation of a fire station, but we still felt the BMC was highly justified.
A fire brigade official said that whenever there is a major disaster, all oil companies send their tenders, but when there is a major calamity other than incidents related to refineries, then fire tenders have to be sent from Chembur Naka fire station and Mankhurd. Due to which it takes time to reach the spot.
An HPCL spokesperson did not respond to requests for comments.