Bengaluru has just 20 fire stations, needs 72: Beyond Carlton

Bengaluru has just 20 fire stations, needs 72: Beyond Carlton

Bengaluru has just 20 fire stations, needs 72: Beyond Carlton

Beyond Carlton, a group of survivors and families affected by the Carlton Towers fire tragedy in February 2010, has demanded more fire stations in Bengaluru.  

The city has only 20 stations whereas it needs 72 so that fire tenders can accident spots quickly, said R A Venkitachalam, member, executive council, Beyond Carlton. The group on Wednesday unveiled a five-year fire safety blueprint to improve the city's fire safety standards through an actionable roadmap. The blueprint has been drawn up in consultation with the Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services Department and the nonprofit Janaagraha.

Uday Vijayan, managing trustee and president, Beyond Carlton, said at least 17,500 people die every year in fire accidents in India. At least 29 people died and Rs 269 crore worth of property was destroyed in fire accidents in  Bengaluru between 2011 and 2016.  Karnataka accounts for almost 50% of fire deaths in commercial buildings, he added.

"Fire safety solutions are well-known and available. There is just a need for the roadmap to implement them. That's where we got a  city-specific fire safety blueprint," he said.  

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