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December 02, 2019 |

Quenching flames

Winter brings its own afflictions in Kashmir. The snow has already caused damage worth cores of rupees. Orchards have been mutilated and it will take some years to cover the loss, lesser time if the government sticks to the relief plan. Snow and cold are not the only elements to put off the administration as well as people. The increasing number of fire incidents in winter months is also a cause of fear and worry. In the last few years, fires have consumed residential and commercial properties, caused serious damage to life and passed on without drawing any serious attention. With dozens of shops gutted and homes leveled each year, the officials and the people should have drawn lessons. Unfortunately they haven’t as fires in Kashmir around this time are only a spark away. The damage caused by fire incidents is irreparable. The blackout makes us forget the fiery scenes that we behold in awe. Unfortunately not many advisories are issued by the authorities on fire hazards that are likely to increase in the next couple of months in the valley. If we lack in the prevention, we are no good either in the control. Fire and Emergency Services (J&K), established more than a century ago, did not grow as it should have. It is not equipped with the latest means or tools of fire fighting. The haphazard and unplanned development in city and major towns are also responsible for causing impediments. The city and town planners have not been able to ensure the accessibility to every nook and corner of the valley. Congested roads and narrow lanes mostly in residential areas cause delays. By the time fire tenders reach the site in congested localities only ashes remain. The problem could have been solved by inducting smaller trucks, but that too seems not viable in major fires which carry lesser amount of water. Fire safety rules and standards are also not in vogue here. Fire exits are not even considered while building structures. Necessary equipment like fire extinguishers could be seen missing barring some government institutions. The network of power lines that is jumbled in most of the commercial areas also poses great threat. Short circuit whenever there is rain or snow is bound to happen. The fires in Kashmir need to be prevented as most of the old buildings, monuments of heritage have wood as the main building material. Fires can be prevented, but for that administration and the people need to be heedful.       

 

 

 

 

December 02, 2019 |

Quenching flames

              

Winter brings its own afflictions in Kashmir. The snow has already caused damage worth cores of rupees. Orchards have been mutilated and it will take some years to cover the loss, lesser time if the government sticks to the relief plan. Snow and cold are not the only elements to put off the administration as well as people. The increasing number of fire incidents in winter months is also a cause of fear and worry. In the last few years, fires have consumed residential and commercial properties, caused serious damage to life and passed on without drawing any serious attention. With dozens of shops gutted and homes leveled each year, the officials and the people should have drawn lessons. Unfortunately they haven’t as fires in Kashmir around this time are only a spark away. The damage caused by fire incidents is irreparable. The blackout makes us forget the fiery scenes that we behold in awe. Unfortunately not many advisories are issued by the authorities on fire hazards that are likely to increase in the next couple of months in the valley. If we lack in the prevention, we are no good either in the control. Fire and Emergency Services (J&K), established more than a century ago, did not grow as it should have. It is not equipped with the latest means or tools of fire fighting. The haphazard and unplanned development in city and major towns are also responsible for causing impediments. The city and town planners have not been able to ensure the accessibility to every nook and corner of the valley. Congested roads and narrow lanes mostly in residential areas cause delays. By the time fire tenders reach the site in congested localities only ashes remain. The problem could have been solved by inducting smaller trucks, but that too seems not viable in major fires which carry lesser amount of water. Fire safety rules and standards are also not in vogue here. Fire exits are not even considered while building structures. Necessary equipment like fire extinguishers could be seen missing barring some government institutions. The network of power lines that is jumbled in most of the commercial areas also poses great threat. Short circuit whenever there is rain or snow is bound to happen. The fires in Kashmir need to be prevented as most of the old buildings, monuments of heritage have wood as the main building material. Fires can be prevented, but for that administration and the people need to be heedful.       

 

 

 

 

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