Tuesday, 10 September 2013

AMC likely to buy Rs 8.5-cr fire fighting vehicle - Source TOI

In a bid to extend the fire brigade department's reach, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has recently floated tenders for acquiring skylift aerial ladder platform, a highly sophisticated fire fighting vehicle, worth Rs 8.5 crore. The AMC officials said it will take about two months to complete the process.

Shivaji Zanzan, chief fire officer in AMC, said the number of highrise buildings in the city is growing at a rapid speed, which has generated the need for vehicles that could deal with fire incidents. "Right now, the city's fire brigade is operating with a small feet of five vehicles which are used to douse fire up to a height of 10 meters," he said.

He said the new vehicle would increase the reach of the department up to 42 meters. "With the help of the new vehicle, we could rescue people trapped in multi-storied buildings and douse fire," he said.

Zanzan said it would the first such vehicle in the region. "These imported vehicles are available only in big cities like Mumbai and Pune. It is equipped with telescopic ladder with modern and powerful fire fighting water pumps and other gadgets. It is extremely compact thereby enabling it to enter congested streets and narrow lanes," he said.

Expressing concerns over technical hurdles in the process of acquiring the vehicle, he said this was the civic body's third attempt in two years to buy it. "Earlier on two different occasions, we had floated tenders for the purpose, but no supplier came forward," he said.

Sources in the civic body said as the AMC was buying only one unit of the vehicle, the suppliers and manufacturers were shying away. "It is not economically feasible for the Germany-based company to supply one unit. In other cities, they had supplied three to four units at a time," he said. The vehicle is not manufactured in India and a Germany-based company is one of the very few manufacturers in the world.

Besides, experts said that the falling rupee against US dollar might also spoil the bid to procure the fire fighting vehicle.

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