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UK fire-fighting system mooted for skyscrapers

M. Srinivas

It envisages a fire station in mega townships


Builders say it may jack up the cost of construction

Proposals on UK system will be sent to Government


HYDERABAD: With more skyscraper projects coming up in the capital, the Andhra Pradesh Fire Services Department is toying with the idea of introducing British fire-fighting systems to tackle any emergencies.

An in-built fire station is to be developed within any mega township with self-closing doors, fire-fighting lobbies, separate lifts and staircases along with trained personnel in fire safety and uninterrupted power supply.

In case of fire, the trained personnel will immediately swing into action using the exclusive staircases or the lifts to carry out rescue operations even before arrival of fire department personnel.

“The British method is being adopted all over the world. This will help us to bring situation under control very soon,” explains Fire-Services Director P. Venkateswar. These systems will be in addition to all the fire safety measures prescribed by the National Building Code (NBC).

Such modern fire-fighting systems can be developed on the new townships with access to the main buildings. However, builders are sceptical about the proposed system and are said to have indicated that it could push up the construction cost considerably. “But, they had no answer when asked about safety of people during any fire mishap,” says an official who interacted with builders on the new plan.

The hydraulic platform vehicle currently available can handle any exigencies in buildings up to 30 metres height (10 floors). Tenders have been called to purchase another vehicle that can reach 54 metres high buildings (18 floors). Yet, it will be difficult to put off any engulfing flames on the upper floors due to increase in wind velocity as we go higher.

Water too cannot be pumped to such high levels which could result in huge property loss and human life, explains the official. “We are undertaking a detailed study for adopting the British system. We will send proposals to the Government for approval in few months time,” says another senior official.

Permissions are being sought for construction of four high-rise buildings ranging from 28 floors to 100 floors.

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