SRINAGAR: With 142 fire incidents that claimed 20 lives and injured 54 people last year, Ganderbal is the most fire vulnerable district of Kashmir, the 2015 annual report of fire and emergency department showed.
Reason: The district, with population of about 3 lakh souls, has only six fire stations to prevent fire incidents, said the report. Due to the paucity of fire extinguishers, 89 structures, 121 shops, 104 vehicles and 11 transformers were damaged in the fire incident in 2015, which resulted in the economic losses to the tune of Rs 2.28 crore, the report said.
Following Ganderbal, Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is the second most fire vulnerable district, the report said. As per the data available with Kashmir Reader, Srinagar district lost six people while 25 persons were injured in 446 fire incidents during 2015. The district has only 13 fire stations to protect 13 lakh people. The summer capital district, as per the report, suffered more than Rs 22 crore losses which includes 345 structures, 28 vehicles, and 39 transformers.
The reason for the highest incidents of fire in the Srinagar was also the paucity of fire stations, the report mentions. “In the congested old city where a single fire incident damages many houses at a time, the state government has installed only two fire tenders, Rainawari and Safa Kadal, to douse the flames,” the report said.
“This paucity has led to major fire damages. The recent one is that of Safakadal, where a fire incident damaged 10 structures on January 30 followed by eight houses at Zaina Kadal area on February 4,” reads the report. “Although a fire tender was installed at Safakadal, but one tender was not the enough to douse the flames.”
Kupwara is the third fire vulnerable district, where six people died and six others were injured in 349 fire incidents in 2015. The district suffered loss to the tune of Rs 5.33 crore in which 257 structures, 111 shops, 09 vehicles, 21 transformers were damaged, said the report.
Leh and Kargil were the least fire vulnerable districts of 2015, said the report. “In Kargil, 18 fire incidents had been reported in which 11 structures were damaged while in Leh 25 fire incidents had been reported in which 17 structures were damaged,” said the report.