URI: In Uri area of north Kashmir, almost after every second-day fire incident happens in the area but that too has failed to alarm the government for upgrading the fire-dousing infrastructure in the area.
“Fire station is in main market Uri along with one fire tender. How can it cater to 96 villages?” locals questioned.
According to Tehsildar Uri Mohammad Aslam, there are 47 revenue village in Tehsil Uri from Mohra to Kaman post and Kamalkote to Garkote, including Churanda to Lachipora area and some villages are over 20 to 30 kilometres far from main town Uri, some villages are very close to the line of control.
Given the vast area, locals question the logic behind the stationing of a single fire tender with only 7500-liter capacity water tank in the main town Uri.
Tehsildar Boniyar, while talking to Kashmir Reader said that there are 49 revenue villages in Tehsil Boniyar, from Nowshera to Limber and Chotali to Banali.
Locals of the Boniyar Tehsil said that all the 49 villages are also depended on the fire tender in Uri.
They added that some years ago the government had announced that department will establish a fire station in Boniyar market but it remained limited to the announcement only.
Recently cattle were charred to death in Lachipora village of Uri when fire destroyed four houses also.
Divisional Fire and Emergency (F&ES) officer Baramulla Farooq Ahmad Lone confirmed that there is only one fire tender with the 7500 litres of water capacity available in F&ES station Uri with one extra portable pump and seven employees.
He added that sometimes they send fire tenders from Baramulla to control fire incidents in Uri which is almost 55 kilometres far from the district headquarter.
However, he said that government has already announced setting up two more fire stations for Boniyar and Sheeri areas.
“When the government will pass its orders, we will establish these two stations in between Uri and Baramulla with sufficient staff,” Lone said.