Estates seeks report on fire in secretariat corridor

Estates seeks report on fire in secretariat corridor

SRINAGAR: The Estates department has sought a report on a fire in a corridor of civil secretariat last week, Director estates Tariq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
The incident took place on April 26 on the fourth floor during an upgradation work ahead of annual darbar move from Jammu.
The Civil Secretariat, the seat of the J&K government, closed in Jammu on April 26 and will reopen in Srinagar on May 6 as part of the biannual ‘Darbar Move’, a practice started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872.
Tariq said that there was no loss, but the report has been sought to inquire the reason for the fire.
“The fire has taken place in the corridor where up-gradation of wi-fi and electrical works were going on. I don’t know which one of them caused the fire. We would come to know once I get the report,” he said.
A senior PDD engineer on the condition of anonymity told Kashmir Reader that the there was no electricity supply to the secretariat which rules out the possibility of short circuit. The same has already been communicated to the department in advance, he added.
Deputy Director, Fire and Emergency Services, Bashir Ahmad Shah told Kashmir Reader fire was doused by a tender that remains stationed at the secretariat.
“If a fire incident is reported immediately, a major incident could be prevented. Our headquarters are close to it also, that proved handy. A major incident was averted,” he said.