Fire in house of Cong deputy leader Karan Mahra in MLA hostel
Fire Alarm fails to function, investigation ordered
Fire gutted many electrical equipment and other articles in the house allotted to deputy leader of Congress legislature party in State Assembly Karan Mahra in the MLA hostel here. Fortunately, the residence of the congress leader was locked at the time fire broke out.
In a glaring example of questionable safety measures taken in a place which supposedly is a high security zone the incident of fire didn’t came into the notice of the authorities. Interestingly, a fire alarm that was installed only recently also played truant when the fire broke out.
The incident came to notice on Monday when Mahra entered his residence which was locked since March 8. Mahra found that the bed, mattresses, air conditioner, refrigerator, some files and other gadgets were burned by the fire. “On March 8, I left the house and on March 9, the house was opened by staff for installation of an air conditioner.
The fire probably broke out on the night of 9th or on 10th. The fire alarm placed just near a wall clock which too got burned completely in the fire could not raise any alarm, It shows gross negligence on the part of the authorities responsible to security, maintenance and safety of the MLA hostel,’’ he said. Incidentally this incident is not an isolated case of fire, some months ago a similar incidence of fire was reported by Kedarnath MLA, Manoj Rawat. On the complaint of Rawat, the speaker of Uttarakhand Assembly Prem Chand Agarwal has inspected the hostel and given necessary orders to the authorities.
When contacted, Estate Officer, Banshidhar Tiwari said that prime-facie, the incident appears as a case of fire caused by an electrical short circuit.
On question of failure of the fire alarm, he said that a committee consisting of Executive Engineer, Civil, Executive Engineer, Electrical, Chief Fire Officer and Security Officer of the MLA hostel has been constituted to investigate the incident. Tiwari said that the committee has been asked to submit its report on Tuesday.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun