NMC’s Fire services likely to become costly

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2018 10:02:38


Special Correspondent,

Nagpur Fire and Emergency Services Department has proposed to increase the fees for providing fire fighting tender outside city limits. Presently, the charges are quite negligible for these crucial emergency service is often needed to control industrial fire beyond municipal limits. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is equipped with trained manpower and fire tenders to control fire in industrial areas and even in neighbouring municipal towns. Now, civic body has proposed to charge minimum Rs 2,500 for fire fighting charge and then Rs 40 for every km beyond city limits.

The proposal to hike fire fighting charges will be discussed in the meeting of Fire and Emergency Services Department meeting slated on February 5. Adv. Sanjay Balpande will chair the meeting while Pramod Chikhle, Deputy Chairman will also be present. This is an important committee and it is planning to increase the revenue of cash strapped local body.

The Fire Department has increased its revenue from Rs 13,49,643 during financial year 2006-2007 to Rs 2.27 crore in the financial year 2015-2016. The revenue had increased upto Rs 7.44 crore in the year 2011-2012 since enormous rates were prescribed for high rise buildings. However, Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court had turned down the charges and directed the authorities to refund the amount.

Hitherto, the civic body was charging Rs 20 per km and Rs 500 for pumping charges outside city limits. The standby charge was Rs 2500 and halting charges was Rs 300. Now, the department has suggested Rs 2500 and Rs 40 per km to provide emergency services. The charges for 15 mt Hydraulic Platform charges will be Rs 4000 for first two hours and Rs 1,000 per hour thereafter for areas outside city limits. The foam tender charges for outside city limits will be Rs 60 per hour.

The local body will charge Rs 4,000 for first four hours and Rs 1,000 after every hour as standby charges for providing services at various programmes like cricket match, exhibition, and other events. The present charges are Rs 2000 and after four hours, the charges are Rs 500 per hour.
The civic body will also charge for providing water supply through fire tenders. The present rates of water supply are Rs 500 for 4500 liters, Rs 1200 for 10,000 liters. Now, the Fire Emergency Department has proposed to charge Rs 1000 for supplying 4500 liter water and Rs 2000 for 10,000 liter water.

The civic body will also charge Rs 1000 for providing No Objection Certificate (NoC) to the fire crackers shops occupying less than 150 sq ft area. The shops above 150 sq ft will have to pay Rs 2500. The fire audit charge will be Rs 2500.

The civic body will also charge Rs 20,000 for first two hours from commercial use of Turn Table Ladder (TTL) in the city. The local body will charge Rs 2,000 for every hour, after two hours.

The department has proposed to charge for primary fire training provided at commercial establishments, private organisations. The fees for one day training will be Rs 400 while two-day training will be Rs 800 and 7days training charges will be Rs 2800.