Srinagar: The residents of Bemina are complaining that the vast area lacks a fire service station.
Despite several applications to the administration, residents said, authorities have failed to provide a Fire and Emergency Services Station.
“Many government offices are present in the Bemina area but there are no fire tender stations in the area. The nearest fire stations catering the area are at Budgam and Batamaloo but they cannot reach in time when any incident happens,” said Khursheed Ahmad, a resident of the area.
“If they construct fire station in the area that will cater to many areas. Last winter many fire incidents took place in the area and in every incident fire tenders reached the spot at least an hour late,” he added
He added that there was no fire gap between houses at many places which makes fire incident dangerous.
“The government had a proposal to set up fire tender station in Rakhi- Arth as there is a lot of space and they can easily construct one but one year has passed nothing has been done, that proposal is only confined to the papers,” another resident Furkaan Ahmad said.
However, sources in the J&K Fire and Emergency Services (JKFES) said the department has 2300 staffers at present, 1282 less than the sanctioned strength of 3582 staffers. The staff crunch compels the JKFES to manage only 87 fire stations and posts instead of the existing 156 stations and posts. The leftover 69 posts and stations are managed by internal adjustment of the staff.
“We have such an acute shortfall that two fire tenders at different locations in an area are managed by single driver,” an official said.
Deputy Director of Fire and Emergency Department Bashir Ahmad Shah said, “We are already facing shortage of manpower we cannot think of constructing another fire station at this time.”